Government has been accused of failing to follow through on the majority of its ideas to tackle gun and gang crime.

Cabinet has suggested a slew of measures to fight firearms violence, mentioning a SWAT team, an influx of investigators from New York, new bail restrictions for gun crime suspects and a plan to send prisoners overseas.

But opposition politicians have queried whether the ideas were actually being pursued or just thrown into the public domain, without proper investigation, in an effort to look effective.

Trevor Moniz, deputy leader of the UBP, said: "Every time there is a shooting they have a press conference throw out a few ideas and that is the last we hear of them."

BDA MP Mark Pettingill said he had yet to see evidence of a co-coordinated action plan to deal with the problem. Both men suggested a cross-party working group be set up to look into the issue.

Mr. Moniz believes a task force of experts should be assembled to investigate Bermuda's gang problem and make recommendations.

He added: "They don't seem to have any clue or any political will to do anything. They say something about SWAT teams, nobody knows what it means and you never hear it mentioned again. They talk about sending prisoners abroad and they haven't discussed it with anybody at the U.S. Consulate or in the Governor's office.

"It would make more sense to have a task force of experts come up with ideas and then implement them."

Mr. Moniz said the Hopkins Report in education had done just that, though he complained it had taken four years for the report to become policy.

He added: "They set up a committee, came up with very significant ideas and there was no follow-through."

He said a similar committee should be formed to come up with an action plan on gangs.

But he insisted it would have to come up with ideas and put them into action quickly.

Mr. Moniz said: "I'd like to see them meet with the relevant experts and come up with 10 things they are going to do and a timescale of when we can expect them to be done."

Mr. Pettingill agreed more consultation was required and said Government should form a joint select committee to produce a blueprint on how to deal with gangs.

He added: "There needs to be a coordinated action plan. If there is an action plan, I understand they might not be able to tell us all every detail of it. But we should be seeing some action.

"We should be seeing evidence of that plan in the legislation coming forward, in police getting involved in a way to reflect that."

The latest set of Government ideas, including 60-day detention without charge for gun crime suspects and a proposal to send prisoners overseas, came in the wake of a Cabinet brainstorming session last Tuesday.

It was held in response to three shootings over the Easter weekend.

Measures introduced to combat gang-related crime in the past six months have included legislative amendments to the criminal code, reform of the Jurors Act and tasers for police.

The PLP has collated a list of its actions on public safety on its website at

Asked if this was a sign of "follow through" on at least some of its ideas, Mr. Moniz accepted the Government had made some good suggestions. But he said many of the ideas presented as solutions to the gang problem, like the community reintegration fair to help ex-cons find employment, were part of the general job of Government anyway, not fresh ideas to deal with spiralling crime.

Mr. Moniz added: "They've had a lot of suggestions but they are all random things - there is no framework of ideas to deal with this upsurge in crime."

Meanwhile, Governor Sir Richard Gozney reaffirmed his commitment to work with the Government on solutions to the crime problem. He said: "I would expect to have further talks with them before I commented publicly on any proposals for new legislation in these areas or for any expansion of the limited existing scope for Bermuda's use of overseas prisons."