Deputy PM: Police Force complaints by public too high
Some Royal Bahamas Police Force officers may be forced to re-evaluate the way they deal with members of the public, after a senior government official yesterday admitted that complaints lodged by the public regarding service levels are too high.
“There has been an unacceptable level of complaints coming from the public regarding the level of services they receive from the police, given the technology and resources that the government has invested in the police force,”said Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Brent Symonette.
“Far too many reports indicate that police officers refer the public to other officers or divisions to have their concerns addressed,”he said yesterday while speaking at the force’s annual service held at Christ Church Cathedral.
Up to press time last night,The Nassau Guardianwas unable to ascertain the figures regarding complaints made in connection with the services rendered by police.
But, Symonette noted that all senior officers would be held accountable for ensuring that the concerns of the public are addressed in a timely and efficient manner. He charged that the government would insist on even greater accountability from all arms of the police force.
“When something goes wrong, we find out why it went wrong. That is what Bahamians expect from us-that is what we have an obligation to deliver and that is exactly what we will do,”he said.
“I urge you to talk to, and to treat people with respect, no matter what their station in life. As the responsibility to preserve the peace and maintain law and order is in your hands, you must remain cognizant that no one is above the law.”
The service was attended by immigration and customs officers, Royal Bahamas Defence Force officers and marines, officers of the Road Traffic Department and employees of the Airport Authority.