Still no word on acting deputy commissioner of police
Commissioner of Police Anthony Ferguson yesterday shied away from calls for him to reveal who has been chosen to act as deputy commissioner. Last month, eight senior police officers, including Deputy Commissioner Emrick Seymour, were sent on pre-retirement leave, which was effective on April 1, after accruing months in vacation time.
When asked yesterday who had been chosen as acting deputy, Ferguson said, “The Royal Bahamas Police Force is run by a commissioner, that’s me, and it’d be premature or wrong for me to make any comment on anything that is not in my power and I shan’t do that. I want to stick to the proper protocol in respects to these things.”
On March 25, Minister of National Security Marvin Dames told The Nassau Guardian that the government intended to announce who would act as deputy commissioner on April 1. However, the announcement was never made.
Last month, when asked who will step in for Seymour as deputy, Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis said, “What’s the big deal?
“…The police force is running very well. The commissioner will decide…how he wants to rearrange his police force.”
Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) Leader Philip Brave Davis has accused the government of “purging” the police force of PLPs.
“There’s no obvious need for a vacation to be taken at the time without understanding the exigencies of the service of the police and how taking vacation for such a long period of time for so many senior officers will impact the effectiveness of the organization,” Davis said.