Minister of National Security Marvin Dames yesterday declared that he has “no beef” with Commissioner of Police Anthony Ferguson.
His comments came more than a week after The Tribune published a story with the headline, “Ferguson told — your days are numbered”.
Looking at Ferguson, Dames said, “Commissioner, you know you’re my friend, right?”
He continued, “Why am I saying that this morning? You know, last week, we had a press story that said ‘Mr. Dames said that the [commissioner’s] days are numbered…’
“I went back to my speech to see if I could find such a story but never was able to do so.
“And so, on Monday, the commissioner and I had a chuckle about it. It is interesting that it made one of the talk shows…
“Ladies and gentlemen, members of the press, the commissioner and I have no beef.”
Dames said that he has “every respect” for Ferguson and his leadership team.
“I would ask that the press retract that story,” he said.
On January 6, the minister said that Ferguson is “nearing the end” of his time as commissioner.
“I know that whenever that time comes, he will be ready and excited to move on,” Dames said at the time.
“We’re all just passing through.”
Ferguson is approaching 40 years of service to the Royal Bahamas Police Force.
He was appointed commissioner on October 30, 2017. Ferguson succeeded Ellison Greenslade, who now serves as Bahamas High Commissioner to the United Kingdom.
In the past two years, during Ferguson’s leadership of the force, the murder rate has decreased dramatically.
In 2018, there were 91 murders, the lowest rate in nearly a decade.
There were 96 murders last year, which marks a slight increase over the year before but still a significant drop when compared to the 122 murders in 2017.