The Minister of National Security, the Hon. Wayne Munroe is defending the government’s move to send twenty officers of the Royal Bahamas Police Force to the Turks and Caicos Islands to assist with their escalating crime problem.

Leader of the Official Opposition, the Hon. Michael Pintard, among others, have called on the Government to explain the rationale of the move given the concerning murder rate in the country.

Responding to the criticism, Minister Munroe told reporters, “crime is multi-national. We’ve sent twenty officers and two of our gun sniffing dogs to Turks and Caicos. If anybody knows the history of The Bahamas and Turks and Caicos, they would know how easily people from Turk and Caicos move back and forth.”

The minister went on, “we have for national reasons not been explicit and I see the Leader of the Opposition does seem to understand that if I tell you all what the officers are there to do, we’re also telling the criminals what the officers are there to do. So I don’t grab how they did national security but how we do National Security is we do not arm our enemy with information. So you can be assured, the Bahamian people can be assured it is the Bahamian national security interest that’s being addressed by our officers in the Turks and Caicos.”