Dames says no consultation needed on Rolle’s appointment
National Security Minister Marvin Dames said yesterday that the leader of the opposition did not need to be consulted on the appointment of Paul Rolle as acting deputy commissioner of police.
On May 2, Commissioner of Police Anthony Ferguson announced that Rolle, previously an assistant commissioner of police, was named acting deputy commissioner of police, effective April 1.
In a letter to Royal Bahamas Police Force (RBPF) officers, Ferguson said Governor General Dame Marguerite Pindling, acting on the advice of the prime minister and after consultation with the leader of the opposition, approved the appointment of Rolle to act as deputy.
However, Opposition Leader Philip Brave Davis said he was not consulted.
In response, Dames said Davis did not need to be consulted.
“I am so surprised that you have so many of these men and women who are well learned in the law,” Dames said.
“It is an acting appointment.
“If the commissioner leaves the island today, he travels anywhere outside of this country, he writes for someone to act in that capacity.
“There is nothing in law saying the opposition leader needs to be updated.
“If the deputy commissioner leaves the island for a few weeks on a course or on travel or vacation or in this case the deputy commissioner, the substantive officeholder, is currently on leave and so you have someone who is acting in that capacity.
“This position hasn’t been substantively appointed.”
According to the Police Force Act, 2009, “The person who is appointed as commissioner of police or deputy commissioner of police shall occupy such office for a period of five years from the date of his appointment or such shorter period as a determined by the governor-general acting on the recommendation of the prime minister after consultation with leader of the opposition.”