Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) Leader Philip Brave Davis said yesterday he was not consulted by the government on the appointment of Paul Rolle as acting deputy commissioner of police.
“It has been brought to my attention that a public notice is circulating purportedly signed by the Commissioner of Police Anthony Ferguson that indicated the appointment by the governor general of an acting deputy commissioner of police,” Davis said in a statement.
“The announcement says that the appointment was made after consultation with the leader of the opposition. Please be advised that no one consulted me at any time on this appointment.”
Rolle is replacing Emrick Seymour as deputy commissioner.
Seymour was one of eight senior officers who was recently forced to take their accumulated months of vacation. He is expected to retire at the end of his vacation leave.
Davis has accused the government of “purging” the force of PLPs after the eight officers were sent on leave.
Rolle’s appointment became effective on April 1, 2019.
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.
The letter is dated May 2.