The Minister of Police, Mark Mitchell, has stated that establishing a youth military academy to address youth crime is a priority for the government. Mitchell’s statement comes after a series of violent crimes, including robberies and a stabbing, occurred over the weekend. While Mitchell could not provide a timeframe for the establishment of the academy, he expressed the government’s commitment to tackling crime and making the country safer. The government has also promised an additional 500 frontline police officers within two years. Youth crime rates have been decreasing overall, but there has been a recent increase due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.