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Ferguson ‘nearing end’ of time as commissioner

Commissioner of Police Anthony Ferguson is “nearing the end” of his time as commissioner, Minister of National Security Marvin Dames said yesterday.

“…As I said, we’re all just passing through,” Dames told reporters.

“Commissioner Ferguson, I believe he is nearing the end of his reign as commissioner…I know that whenever that time comes, he will be ready and excited to move on. 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.

Ferguson has wide-ranging experience on the force.

He has served in numerous divisions, including the Family Island Division and the Central and Southern divisions in New Providence.

He was head of the Homicide Squad of the Central Detective Unit and commander of the Drug Enforcement Unit.

Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Paul Rolle was recently appointed acting deputy commissioner of police.

Some have speculated that he will succeed Ferguson as commissioner.

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Jasper Ward

Jasper Ward started at The Nassau Guardian in September 2018. Ward covers a wide range of national and social issues. Education: Goldsmiths, University of London, MA in Race, Media and Social Justice

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