Police officer fired after failing drug test
A police constable who failed a drug test was relieved of his duties on Friday following a disciplinary hearing, authorities said.
The officer, identified only as 3388 Minnis, who worked on the Court Guard at the Central Police Station, pleaded guilty when he appeared before the Police Tribunal, which recommended his dismissal, Deputy Police Commissioner Marvin Dames confirmed after he was contacted byThe Nassau Guardian.
Dames said,”We accepted the recommendation.”
Minnis was a policeman for two years.
According to a well-placed source, one of the officer’s supervisors had the officer submit to a drug test on Friday after the superior smelled marijuana on him. The test confirmed the supervisor’s suspicion and the officer was immediately taken before the disciplinary board.
Last year, 19 officers were terminated from the Police Force. Seven of those fired officers were from the Police Reserves. Five other officers were suspended during that period.
Speaking at the force’s Meet The Press event in January, Dames, who is responsible for Force Discipline, said,”We have made it clear to all officers that there is no room in this organization for those who choose not to adhere to its rules and regulations.”
He continued,”We have an obligation to the Bahamian public to ensure that the Royal Bahamas Police Force is a first class organization where its members comprehend the true meaning of care, respect and trust and make a deliberate effort to exhibit these attributes in all their dealings.”