Commissioner mum on police shakeup
Commissioner of Police Anthony Ferguson was mum yesterday on concerns that eight senior officers were placed on leave.
The eight officers were directed to take their many weeks of accumulated vacation and are expected to retire at the end of that leave.
When asked about this, Ferguson said, “The minister of national security was in the news and I think that is sufficient for the public to be able to understand.”
Asked if the force will be able to meet its mandate, the commissioner replied, “We were working from 1840.
“We will be working every single day. The police force has a mandate by law, [which is the] maintenance of law and order, and the prevention and detection of crime.
“I am pretty sure that you see the number of vehicles that are out on the road in the evening and that speaks for itself.”
He added, “It is unfair for me to really have any comment or any opinion on something that my minister has spoken on.
“I have the utmost respect for my minister and I would not do that.”
Asked about the morale of the officers, Ferguson said, “Just judge from what you see here this afternoon and you as citizens of the commonwealth of The Bahamas, you be the judge.
“The police force is functioning quite well.”
Several of the eight officers sent on leave were present yesterday during a civilian recognition ceremony at police headquarters.
The officers sent on leave were, Deputy Commissioner Emrick Seymour; Senior Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Stephen Dean; ACP Clarence Reckley; ACP Clayton Fernander; ACP Ashton Greenslade; ACP Kendal Strachan; ACP Leamond Deleveaux and ACP Theophilus Cunningham.
This leaves ACP Samuel Butler, ACP Ismella Davis and ACP Paul Rolle in that rank on the force.
When asked about the matter last week, National Security Minister Marvin Dames said, “These agencies are bigger than any one individual.”