Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Clayton Fernander has been transferred from the Royal Bahamas Police Force to the Ministry of Health, The Nassau Guardian has confirmed.
Fernander, who returned to active duty today following a months-long leave, was informed of his reassignment in a letter from Police Commissioner Anthony Ferguson.
The letter, dated January 22, advises that the deployment is to take effect on Monday for a period of 12 months.
“Your current benefits, entitlements and pension are to remain the same,” the letter states.
“You will play an integral part in the executive team in that ministry.”
Fernander is the second senior officer to be reassigned. Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Ken Strachan was reassigned as the “chief security officer” at the Department of Social Services in December.
However, Strachan has filed legal action, alleging that the move to appoint him chief of security for the Willie Mae Pratt and Simpson Penn juvenile schools upon his return from leave on December 9, 2019 is “unlawful” and “amounts to a demotion in rank”.
The Guardian understands that Fernander met with Attorney Wayne Munroe earlier today regarding his transfer.
When contacted, Munroe said: “They are attempting to demote [Fernander]. He does not intend to be demoted. He will demand to be respected.”
Strachan and Fernander were among eight senior police officers who were suddenly placed on leave in March.