Kevin Comeau has been giving gang speeches to the Rotary Club for at least 2 years. Being retired since he was 41 and a resident of Bermuda since 1989 maybe he has been too busy to keep up with how effective Canadian laws are at reducing gang violence.
In Toronto for example, gang gun violence and gang deaths are increasing while the overall murder rate has decreased. Police are met with an immediate wall-of-silence when they investigate any gang related incident. Many gang related cases that are prosecuted don't end up with a conviction. Even the activists that were so vocal 10 years ago have been silenced.
In my opinion the Canadian model wouldn't work any better in Bermuda as Comeau claims. Give gang members plea bargains in exchange for testimony against other gang members and then send them off to UK under a witness protection programme...sure! There would be an exodus of gang members who gave up other gang members just to get that witness protection programme in the UK. It wouldn't be very many years before the UK could add the Bermuda Gang to their list of gangs.
A more stringent law for dealing with gangs is needed in Bermuda but trying to adopt another country's model only makes a good speech for the Rotary Club. Bermuda needs a Government, justice system and police service that is capable of enforcing and making a more stringent gang law work before they even think about what the law will accomplish.
Social policies with alternatives to gang life can't come after a more stringent law, the alternatives have to be in place before or at the same time as a law. Expecting the gangs to give up anything before they see some hope is living in dream world. Ignoring the increasing gang control only increases the probability someday a military force will be required to secure the Island. http://www.royalgazette.com/article/20120208/NEWS/702089916