Minister of National Security Wayne Perinchief today [June 25] announced a team from StreetSafe Boston has arrived in Bermuda to facilitate a gang mediation programme. This announcement comes on the heels of another murder this past weekend, with a 31-year-old man shot dead while at a barbershop on North Shore.
The programme is being facilitated independent of the Bermuda Police Service so that mediators remain neutral when engaging those involved in gang activity, a spokesperson said. Training for local mediators is set to begin today.
Minister Perinchief said: “This weekend’s tragic events speak to the clear need for this initiative. Solutions to these problems do not achieve results overnight and so we renew our efforts on all fronts; committed to reversing the destructive lifestyle that is the gang culture.”
The Minister continued: “This week’s training has been planned for some time as we sharpen the Ministry’s strategic focus and meet the issues in the community head-on. Strong community involvement is a key building-block for a safer Bermuda and together, supporting initiatives like this one, will ensure safety and security for all.”
Funding for the programme will initially come from the Ministry of National Security, and potential private and corporate donors have been invited to an information session on Thursday, June 28th.
Last week Minister Perinchief tabled an amendment in the House of Assembly which makes provision for additional jail time when crimes are proved to be committed as part of unlawful gang activity. At that time, he Minister said he concurs with the Commissioner of Police when he says “we cannot arrest our way out of this problem”.
“This Government promised gang mediation,’ said Minister Perinchief. “We embraced this concept because a path out of the gang lifestyle must be provided. We cannot consign a generation of this country’s citizens to the criminal justice system and its natural conclusion of incarceration. Where there is even a glimmer of desire to make lifestyle change we must harness it and encourage that change.”
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