Fernander to become new police commissioner

The Cabinet Office announced yesterday that Clayton Fernander will serve as the next commissioner of police.

Fernander, who is currently one of two deputy commissioners of police, will take over from Commissioner of Police Paul Rolle, who will retire from the Royal Bahamas Police Force on July 5.

Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Leamond Deleveaux will replace Fernander as deputy commissioner. Loretta Mackey also serves as deputy commissioner.

Fernander and Deleveaux were among seven senior police officers controversially sent on leave during the Minnis administration in 2019.

Marvin Dames, who was minister of national security at the time, insisted that there was “nothing sinister” about the move to place the senior officers on leave.

However, in March 2019, Progressive Liberal Party Leader Philip Brave Davis accused then-Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis of “purging the Royal Bahamas Police Force of PLPs”.

Fernander, Deleveaux and ACP Ken Strachan returned to active duty in September 2021, more than a year after they were reassigned to various government agencies.

Fernander was sworn in as deputy commissioner in December 2021.

He joined the police force in 1982.

Fernander served as the officer in charge of the Selective Enforcement Team, which is responsible for crime suppression involving prolific offenders and gang activities.

He also served as head of the Central Detective Unit before he was promoted to assistant commissioner in 2017.

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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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