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‘I was not forced out’

Former Commissioner of Police Ellison Greenslade said yesterday he was not forced out of the Royal Bahamas Police Force, but decided to move on.

“Let me be very forthright in telling you that I was not forced out of the Royal Bahamas Police Force,” he said.
“I enjoy the full confidence of the current prime minister, Hubert A. Minnis.

“I enjoyed the full confidence of the former prime minister, Perry Gladstone Christie.

“I enjoyed the full confidence of former prime minister, Hubert Alexander Ingraham, who in fact appointed me under an FNM government.

“At no time do I recall having any conversations, privately or publically, with any of those three prime ministers where I perceived any disrespect offered to me.

“Prime Minister Hubert Minnis has treated me with the greatest measure of respect from the day that he won the election.

“Every meeting that he had with me was honored by time and I was satisfied that he was concerned about my proper welfare.

“The time has come for me to move on.

“There is actually no hidden agenda or no stories.”

Greenslade was appointed commissioner on January 4, 2010, succeeding Reginald Ferguson.

He spoke to reporters yesterday during the official ceremony that marked the change in the force’s leadership.

Anthony Ferguson, who had been acting commissioner, is the new commissioner of police.

For months there was uncertainly over Greenslade’s fate after reports surfaced that he was asked to leave.

At one point, Ingraham said he was concerned that uncertainty over Greenslade’s fate was negatively impacting morale on the force.

Two weeks ago, the government announced that Greenslade was appointed high commissioner of The Bahamas to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and as permanent representative to the International Maritime Organization.

Greenslade said when he was offered the position, he agreed to remain silent.

“I was offered an appointment as the high commissioner resident to the United Kingdom and as non-resident ambassador to a number of countries in Europe, a very important posting,” he said.

“Something known as an agrément must be sent from the sending state — that is The Bahamas — to the receiving state, in this instance England, asking if they would accept the nominee.”

He said due to his silence “a lot of that talk began and it crept in”.

“I did assure the prime minister that I would remain silent and that I would wait for the appropriate time to speak,” Greenslade said.

“I am satisfied that I have been treated with the greatest measure of respect by all three prime ministers.”

Assistant Editor at The Nassau Guardian
Travis Cartwright-Carroll is the assistant editor. He covers a wide range of national issues. He joined The Nassau Guardian in 2011 as a copy editor before shifting to reporting. He was promoted to assistant news editor in December 2018.
Education: College of The Bahamas, English
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