Reginald Ferguson Has no DAMN SHAME! What is he talking now?


Former Commissioner of Police Ferguson



NG Deputy News Editor / on 5/30/2011

Cable reveals power struggle in police force

Then Acting Commissioner of Police Reginald Ferguson in early 2009 told United States Embassy officials that he had recommended to Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham as early as November 2007 that all but one of the then assistant commissioners of police be dismissed, including now Commissioner Ellison Greenslade, according to a U.S. embassy diplomatic cable obtained by The Nassau Guardian from WikiLeaks.

The February 2009 confidential cable revealed that the only assistant commissioner Ferguson thought should remain was Marvin Dames.  Dames, who was subsequently made deputy commissioner in January 2010, is now leaving the Royal Bahamas Police Force (RBPF) to reportedly head the security division at Baha Mar.

According to the cable, Ferguson told embassy officials at that time that he flatly refused to work with Greenslade, “admitting that he had caused Greenslade to be sent to Canada for training.

“Ferguson bluntly stated that he does not favor Greenslade to become the next police commissioner, and said he wished to retain only Dames, whom he clearly favors as a future successor.”

When contacted about the cable, Ferguson said he had no comment.

“The acting commissioner is apparently against Greenslade for supporting an attempt late in the previous Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) administration to sideline Ferguson through a dead-end appointment to a position at the Police College,” said the cable.

“Ferguson’s career prospects improved, however, after the Free National Movement (FNM) won the May 2007 elections (Ferguson’s brother, Johnley, is a high-ranking FNM party official).”

The allegation that Greenslade supported the PLP’s move of Ferguson was not substantiated.

Sign here and carry ya stink *** Tried to KEEP POLICE OFFICERS DOWN?

Dames and Ferguson worked closely together for many years when Ferguson was the assistant commissioner with responsibility for crime and Dames was his number two as head of the Central Detective Unit (CDU).

Politics and the force

The constitution of The Bahamas politicizes the appointment of the executive command of the force. The prime minister, through various consultations, essentially appoints all assistant commissioners, the deputy commissioner and the commissioner of police.

In March 2007, shortly before the general election, the Perry Christie administration appointed a large number of new executives in the force.

Greenslade, Ruben Smith, Reginald Ferguson and Allan Gibson were named senior assistant commissioners.

Marvin Dames, Chris McCoy, James Carey, Kirkland Hutchinson, Eugene Cartwright and Juanita Colebrooke were each promoted to the post of assistant commissioner of police.  At the time, John Rolle was deputy commissioner and Paul Farquharson was commissioner.

There was controversy when the Christie administration named the large number of assistant commissioners. Traditionally, there were around four to five assistant commissioners. Adding to the controversy was the decision to relegate Ferguson, one of the most senior officers in the force, to head the Police College.  This command was usually held by a more junior officer.

There was tension between Reginald Ferguson and the then PLP government.  It perceived him as an antagonist and a supporter of the FNM.

Reshaping the force

It is unclear if the moves made in the force were solely or partially made based on Ferguson’s recommendations or not, but nearly all of the assistant commissioners Ferguson reportedly recommended to be replaced were ‘retired’ from the force.

In January 2009, McCoy, Colebrook, Hutchinson, Cartwright and Carey all left the force, along with a group of other senior officers below the rank of assistant commissioner. Gibson and Smith had previously retired as senior assistant commissioners.

Dames and Greenslade, the two main candidates to be the next commissioner of police, had spent much of 2008 training in Canada.

“By sending Greenslade and Dames abroad, the new GCOB (Government of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas) avoided a potentially divisive succession struggle while developing the leadership capacity of two young up-and-coming officers in line with its drive to modernize the force,” said the embassy in the cable.

“It also avoided an untimely squabble with the new acting commissioner, who desired a free hand in making top appointments and made no secret of his preference for Dames over Greenslade.”

Despite Ferguson’s preference, he was not able to stop the ascent of Greenslade.

In January 2009, when the group of assistant commissioners was retired, Greenslade became the acting deputy commissioner and Dames the senior assistant commissioner responsible for Grand Bahama.

“Ferguson hoped to remain as acting commissioner for several years longer, which would also help him see his favorite, Dames, succeed him.  He appeared resigned that it was politically impossible for Greenslade to be removed now,” said the February 2009 cable.

“Ferguson said the reason he was not officially named commissioner while serving for over a year was his refusals to back down from his view that all RBPF assistant commissioners serving when the FNM took office, with the exception of Dames, should be dismissed.

“He added that he doubted that Greenslade would be equally resistant to political pressure. In the end, the GCOB appears to have implemented one of the compromise outcomes floated by Ferguson (including to embassy officials):  retaining the current police chief but positioning two possible successors in the next most responsible positions, giving both the opportunity to earn the trust of the force and the public before any successor is named. “

In March, one month after the cable was written, Ferguson was confirmed as commissioner of police. He held the confirmed post for less than a year, however. Greenslade was named commissioner and Ferguson retired in January 2010.

Ferguson was named director of the Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU)?after his retirement from the force.

Despite the rivalry in the force during this period, the Americans were pleased with Ferguson, Greenslade and Dames, according to the cable.

“Both Greenslade and Dames are regarded as forward-looking and capable officers with the potential to assume overall command of the police force in the future, despite differing personal styles,” the embassy said.

“Greenslade may have the edge in practical experience and rank-and-file support, having risen through the police ranks, as well as public support due to his success in Grand Bahama during a time when hurricanes ravaged the island. For his part, Ferguson is a respected, no-nonsense official who puts a premium on integrity and often speaks out against corruption ­– accusations of which do not taint him but may stick to others under his command.

“He also has a good relationship and solid track record of professional cooperation with U.S. law enforcement agencies.”



  1. I hear all of that guy’s, but what I realy can’t get is that this gentalman call himself a christen or a child of God if thats the way christens is act, all I could say is watch out for ACP H. Hanna.

  2. This kiss *** junky is a criminal of the highest order.He “CAN’T BE” Bahamian; and the Bahamian people payed him a salary and now pension for pimping on them,what a crying shame,he and a few others should be put before the firing squad.

  3. This simply goes to show that whatever God has for a person in this life, no matter what obstacles come in their way, no matter how long it takes, no matter how many rivers they have to cross or mountains they have to climb, it is for them and they will get their just reward. As a people, we need to stop pulling down each other and learn to appreciate everyone for their own merits. It is time that we seek happiness with ourselves and then we will be able to see others happy and be happy for them. If the mind set of our people change then and only then we will be seen as “One People United Under One Golden Sun”.

  4. Reginald Ferguson was always corrupt, and always a fraud: covering up inter alia his sons’ crimes. Pretending not to be corrupt by bad-mouthing Bahamians to white foreign agents. Remember the Loriquem Inquiry? Remember when the court found that he had forged a witness statement in a murder case? Of course the case was thrown out. Yet his fellow spy (Ingraham) appointed him to a new intelligence function so he could continue to inform their Controllers on our nation’s business. Boy, they have no loyalty to us, and would literally kill one of us if it served their masters’ interests. Treasonous bastards!!

  5. Funny that these are the men who we expect to seriously fight crime in this country. They are like a bunch of old hens crowing at each other. Ferguson was a terrible commissioner and he brought politics to the force in the worst way. He should really hang his head in shame. This wikileaks thing really putting some of these folks in their place.

  6. “he had recommended to Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham as early as November 2007 that all but one of the then assistant commissioners of police be dismissed, including now Commissioner Ellison Greenslade, according to a U.S. embassy diplomatic cable obtained”.This sounds like Treason to me as the Govt Gen appoints Assistant Commissioners and above therefore from my point of view he was questioning the Queen,s representative.Things like this happen in totalitarian countries and Ferguson must be made to account.What will the Baptist do with this Reverend who is affiliated with one of their churches?

  7. What is so sad about what these police do is that if your charge with a crime and even though you still have a clean police record because your case hasn’t been adjudicated and you are still in possession of your passport; these suckers automatically provide the US with your charge information. When traveling, the US would refuse you enter as if you have been convicted. This is all because they are so busy kissing up to the white man, uncle sam and giving them information they shouldn’t have. So you can imagine what they tell the US. They all should be tried for treason. My concern is who authorize these people to give out our country’s business.

  8. No wonder the crime is out of control in our country, there appears to be too much backstabbing at the top. I am greatly offended that our people find it necessary to involve outsiders into our personal affairs. We may be a small country but, my GOSH!!! Where is our Bahamian pride? If this is how we are going to build our independence then, we should have saved ourselves the trouble and just stayed under the British.

  9. Can someone please explain to me why, Ingraham, Stuart, and now Reginald Ferguson feel the need to spill their guts to the U.S. about internal Bahamian matters? Does the entire Bahamas see nothing wrong with this? In my view, this borders on treason. If a U.S. official did the same with a foreign government, they would be in big trouble. Here in the Bahamas, we just see it as a way to sell additional newspapers.

    • The whistle BLOWER OF the information leaked to WIKI LEAKS is certainly not on radio talking [SUGAR HONEY ICE TEA].


      • This is 100% treason.

        We have a bunch of black crabs who want to lead this country and are willing to sell anything, including their country for a crack at the big office!

        Like Dr Donaldson always say, “there are those among us who would not hesitate to sell out the rest of us.”

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