National Security Minister Marvin Dames confirmed yesterday that several Royal Bahamas Defence Force (RBDF) officers were sent on leave.
“It’s still a work in progress,” Dames said at police headquarters.
“We are still working but we make no apologies.
“This is not solely a law enforcement issue. This is something we have to do throughout our public service. We have to run a more efficient public service. We have to transform it. We have to reform it because we have to do it.”
Dames would not say how many officers were directed to take their vacation leave.
RBDF Commodore Tellis Bethel could not be reached for comment up to press time.
Earlier this month, Deputy Commissioner Emrick Seymour, Senior Assistant Commissioner Stephen Dean and Assistant Commissioner Clarence Reckley were asked to take their many weeks of accumulated vacation.
Last week, Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Clayton Fernander, ACP Ashton Greenslade, ACP Kendal Strachan, ACP Leamond Deleveaux, and ACP Theophilus Cunningham were also placed on leave.
At the time, Dames said, “These agencies are bigger than any one individual.
“So, you said five, but there will be more.
“The commissioner obviously will decide, but there will be more and this is not only the police force, this is also the defense force. Those agencies that fall under my remit.
“…We are painting the picture that something sinister is amiss, something is wrong, but we are bringing this system in line to where it ought to be and this extends beyond the police and the defense force, it’s throughout the system.”
A police force manpower audit, which was tabled in the House of Assembly last May, revealed that the senior command of the force was too top-heavy.
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