Nassau, Bahamas – Bahamas Press is standing just outside quarter guard this morning and from the looks of things, more police officers could be axed from the force following a robbery investigation.
Your BP is the only news agency with the story and here’s what we know.
Police high command is holding seven officers at quarter guard at this hour following an investigation over the weekend. All male officers were involved in an arrest on Friday, which led to the detention of two suspects.
Now get this, Mr. Darville from Darvilles Liquor Store was making a deposit at The Bank of The Bahamas on Shirley Street at the start of the weekend, when two guys approached him with a handgun and robbed him of $13,000 [thirteen thousand dollars] in cash. Later that same day police officers caught the two suspects and recovered all the money and the gun, but when they recounted the cash a second time at the police station only $5,000 [five thousand dollars] was in the bag – with some $8,000 [eight thousand dollars] gone missing at some point while in the care of officers.
Police moved quickly and began investigating their own, with members of intelligence arm of the Force along with CID probing the events.
The result, seven police officers have been arrested since Sunday and could face being fired by the Commissioner sometime this week. We know at least two of the rogue cops will definitely be charged before the courts.
Nineteen police officers were sacked from the Royal Bahamas Police Force in 2010 after complaints from the public. Sources in the ministry of national security tell us some 11 officers were fired from from the Force in September 2011, and early this month a female officer on suspension following a bribery investigation was arrested and charged for being in possession of a stolen vehicle. She was dismissed immediately from the Force following her arraignment.