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Police to take anti-gang message into schools

Anti-gang education programmes will be reintroduced in Bermuda’s schools in September in conjunction with the Bermuda Police Service.

Trained officers will directly engage with school students “to further stem the tide in the growth of the gang culture” in Bermuda.

In a Ministerial Statement, Public Safety Minister Michael Dunkley said that the programme will be implemented in eight schools with plans to expand to more schools in due course.

“Early intervention with alternatives to the gang lifestyle is critical,” said Mr Dunkley who introduced “two important pieces of legislation” in the House of Assembly on Friday.

The Prison Amendment Act 2013 will make it an offence for anyone to bring “prohibited, high-rush items into any prison”, including cell phones or “any parts of one”. Also introduced was the Proceeds of Crime Amendment Act 2013, which creates the mechanism for ‘cash back for communities’, to assist in the fight against guns, gangs, drugs and violence.

“Strong policy initiatives require a strong legislative foundation,” said Mr Dunkley. “This Government promised action in 2012s election campaign that the proceeds of crime would be put to use improving the communities affected. This Bill will achieve that.

“Any period of relative calm is welcomed. However, these periods do not allow us to rest on our laurels. In fact, we should work even harder. Make no mistake; the era of gang violence and shootings has not ended.

“But as I have indicated, this Government is working hard every day on making Bermuda safer.”

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Published May 20, 2013 at 9:00 am (Updated May 19, 2013 at 11:10 pm)

Police to take anti-gang message into schools

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