With the unemployment rate estimated at over 40 percent making it difficult for many residents to make ends meet amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Commissioner of Police Paul Rolle and a team of officers distributed meal vouchers, water and masks to residents in Montell Heights and Nassau Village yesterday.
Rolle’s aim is to strengthen the ties between the police and people within the communities.
“We want to assure the members of the public that the police are in fact their friends,” the commissioner said.
“We want to be able to help in all of these communities in any way we can. It’s not all about arresting people and putting people in jail, although that’s a part of our job.”
Rolle said 200 meal vouchers valued at $40 each were distributed in the two communities.
Terrance Hutchinson, who lives in Montell Heights, is unable to work due to a health issue.
“I tell you no lie, I need help,” he said.
“I can’t work. I have steel in my leg.”
Hutchinson said he has been struggling all year.
“Begging and working,” he said.
“Just moving garbage and things to get something.”
Bianka Walkes, a mother four who works for a non-profit organization and lives in Nassau Village, said the help came at a much-needed time.
“I’m more than happy that they decided to do something for this area,” she said.
“This area was always in dire need. Any help we could get from anybody is greatly needed.”
The commissioner said residents can turn to the police in the uncertain times of COVID-19.
Rolle encouraged residents to continue to wear their masks and abide by health protocols.
“We know that this time is a difficult time for a lot of families,” he said. “We in the Royal Bahamas Police Force continue to make the sacrifice and we want to thank those businesses who partnered with us to make this possible today.”