|Turnquest: No problem with change to crime stats reporting|
Guardian Staff Reporter
Published: Sep 21, 2012
Former Minister of National Security Tommy Turnquest said yesterday that he has no problem with the way police will report crime statistics in the future, a position he shares with current Minister of National Security Dr. Bernard Nottage.
Nottage told The Nassau Guardian on Wednesday that as long as all the crime statistics are released he has no problem with Police Commissioner Ellison Greenslade’s decision to change the way they are represented.
Greenslade said on Monday that attempted murder, attempted robbery and stealing from vehicles will no longer be included when major crime statistics are released, but will be listed on a separate sheet moving forward.
He said the rationale behind the move is that lumping the statistics together has caused Bahamians too much distress.
Turnquest said as long as all the crime data is released and there is a base year figure to compare against previous years, then there should be no problem.
“Whatever you do you have to make sure that you are able to compare all crimes year over year,” Turnquest told The Nassau Guardian.
“So whatever methodology you use you then have to go back and recreate the previous years so that you have some yardstick by which to judge yourself.”
He added, “If you do it this year, for comparative purposes you have to do it for previous years so that you are able to compare year over year.”
He reiterated a comment made by Free National Movement (FNM) Leader Dr.Hubert Minnis earlier this week that “you have to compare apples with apples”.
However, Minnis told The Guardian on Tuesday that the commissioner was giving the public a false sense of security. He said Greenslade was manipulating the crime statistics and fooling the Bahamian people by separating the data.
Turnquest said he wasn’t concerned by “what you’re separating”.
“He could give five different types of crime statistics, that’s not the problem,” Turnquest said.
“Whatever happens you need to report, whether you report them as crime or whether you report them as something else. Whatever you do it has to be the same thing year over year so that you have them for comparative purposes and that there is some accountability for what you are doing.”
Greenslade also said he made the suggestion to separate the data to the Ingraham administration.
Turnquest said he could not recall such a suggestion.
“Perhaps he said that to someone else or if he did say it to me I don’t recall,” he said.