The Cabinet Office today announced the appointment of a new Senior Command of the Royal Bahamas Police Force. The appointments are in keeping with the recommendations of a Strategic Review of the Police Force.
Mr. Ellison Greenslade, Senior Assistant Commissioner of Police has been appointed Deputy Commissioner of Police (acting).
Mr. Marvin Dames, Assistant Commissioner of Police, has been appointed Senior Assistant Commissioner of Police.
The following officers have been appointed Assistant Commissioners of Police: Mr. Quinn McCartney, Mr. Raymond Gibson, Mr. Shannondor Evans, and Mr. Hulan Hanna.
Mr. Dames assumes responsibility for Grand Bahama. Mr. McCartney assumes responsibility for Management and Support Services while Mr. Gibson will head the Crime and Intelligence Division. Mr. Evans assumes responsibility for the New Providence District and Mr. Hanna assumes responsibility for the Family Islands.
In agreeing a new Senior Command, the Government is acting in accordance with the recommendations of the Strategic Review Report which called attention to the urgent need for “… a leaner and fitter command chain which should ensure an appropriate development of responsibilities and provide senior and middle managers with more clearly defined roles and responsibilities”.
The Government notes that the Strategic Review recommended that the Senior Command of the Police Force should comprise the following posts:
One Deputy Commissioner
Four Assistant Commissioners
One Director of Human Resources (Police Civilian)
It further recommended that the posts of Senior Assistant Commissioner and Chief Superintendent be abolished.
Notwithstanding the recommendations, by May 2007 the previous administration had increased the number of posts in the Senior Command of the Police Force to include the following:
Four Senior Assistant Commissioners
Six Assistant Commissioners
20 Chief Superintendents
The posts of Assistant Commissioner had been bloated from the recommended four to a total of 10.
As part of the reorganization of the Senior Command of the Force, the streamlined Senior Command will include the following:
One Deputy Commissioner (acting)
One Senior Assistant Commissioner
Four Assistant Commissioners
Seven Chief Superintendents
The Cabinet Office advised that there are no further plans to reduce the number in the Senior Command except by way of normal attrition. However, there will be no new appointments to the ranks of Senior Assistant Commissioner of Police or Chief Superintendent.
Also as a part of the present reorganization, a number of police officers, having attained the age of 55 years, have been permitted to exercise their right to retire from the Force. They are:
Mr. Christopher McCoy – Assistant Commissioner of Police
Ms. Juanita Colebrook – Assistant Commissioner of Police
Mr. Kirkland Hutchison — Assistant Commissioner of Police
Mr. Eugene Cartwright — Assistant Commissioner of Police
Mr. James Carey – Assistant Commissioner of Police
Mr. Burkie Wright – Chief Superintendent
Mr. Robert Pinder — Chief Superintendent
Mr. Basil Rahming – Chief Superintendent
Mr. George Mortimer – Superintendent
Mr. Frank St. Remy — Superintendent
Mr. Alexander Blatch — Superintendent
Mr. Christopher Rahming — Superintendent
Mr. Philip Gibson — Superintendent
Mr. Matthew Davis — Superintendent
Mr. Sidney McPhee — Superintendent
Mr. Drexel Cartwright – Superintendent
Mr. Charles Walkine – Superintendent
Prime Minister Ingraham recognizes that crime and the fear of crime remain priority concerns of Bahamians everywhere. He stated that the cause of crime was multifaceted and required intervention on many fronts, hence ongoing initiatives in the Education, Social Welfare and Cultural Development sectors of Government.
However, he said that all would agree that primary to effective crime fighting was a properly staffed and equipped police force. He said that the Government is committed to improving the efficiency and effectiveness of the Royal Bahamas Police Force.
Tommy Turnquest and Hubert Ingraham in a file photo congratulate Elliston Greenslade. Standing far right is Commissioner of Police Reginald Ferguson.