Acting Commissioner of Police, Elliston Greenslade and Superintendent Elbert Moss talk to the press during a press conference held at the Central Detective Unit on Thompson Blvd, Monday, December 21.
Nassau, Bahamas — The Royal Bahamas Police Force is taking a ‘zero tolerance’ stance against crime during the holiday season.
As a result, a new ‘enforcement’ team has been created with the intention of ‘implementing a sustained, vigorous, multipronged assault on all serious crimes.’
The team will be lead by Detective Leon Bethel, a ‘seasoned’ senior officer and he will be assisted by a group of highly trained officers of various ranks.
The announcement was made on Monday, December 21 during a press conference held at the Central Detective Unit on Thompson Boulevard.
Acting Commissioner of Police, Elliston Greenslade said the decision was made as a result of the crime challenges seen in New Providence, particularly during the past few weeks.
“I was able to meet this morning with the Officer in Charge of the CDU, the Officer in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Unit (DEU), our Strike Force, Our Special Branch, our Criminal Intelligence Bureau and all of the specialist areas that have a distinct role to play in this crime fight.” He added that Chief Superintendent John Ferguson represented the ‘uniform’ branches.
“Having formed an appreciation of the issues that confront at this very moment, I have committed to giving all of the resources – both human and capital to the officers here so that they might execute their duties in a more efficient fashion beginning immediately,” said Greenslade.
Superintendent Elbert Moss said that the public is advised that ‘credible’ intelligence has been gathered that will drive the initiative.
“We wish to send the strongest possible message to the criminal underclass, that effective immediately, you will hear from and feel the full brunt of the assets of the Royal Bahamas Police Force as we move resolutely to reduce the amount of crimes involving guns, violence, loss of life and property and illegal drug activities.”
Supt Moss advised the public not to offer refuge to persons who may be breaking the law.
“As a warning, we wish to discourage those members of the public, including families and friends, who are likely to disrupt the course of justice, not to give safe haven or passage to persons that are involved in criminal activity or those that the Police may have interest in.”
The Police said included in the initiative will be more police presence and new vehicles on the streets.