Paul Rolle assumed the leadership of the Royal Bahamas Police Force (RBPF) today during a scaled-down handover ceremony at Police Headquarters.
Rolle, who began his tenure with the RBPF in 1983, is the eighth commissioner in an independent Bahamas.
He takes on this new role as the country remains under a 24-hour curfew due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis noted the enormity of Rolle’s role moving forward.
“You assume command during a national emergency that will require great leadership, sensitivity and unity of purpose and command,” Minnis said during the brief ceremony.
“The country is looking to you and to the good men and women of the Royal Bahamas Police Force to help enforce our laws and the temporary emergency measures that will help us to combat the COVID-19 threat. I wish you well in your new command. You have my full support and that of the government of The Bahamas.”
The new commissioner said he is up to the task as he thanked the prime minister for the confidence reposed in him.
Rolle added that he will continue to build on the work that has been done over the past few years to reduce crime and the fear of crime.
In his final address as commissioner, Anthony Ferguson, who was appointed police commissioner in October 2017, said he leaves the force satisfied that he did his best.
He leaves the force after having served for nearly 40 years.
“Yes, there were challenges, but we saw them as opportunities,” Ferguson said.
He thanked the prime minister, Minister of National Security Marvin Dames and members of the RBPF.
Minnis acknowledged Ferguson’s work as commissioner.
“During your nearly three-year tenure as commissioner you worked diligently to reduce crime and murder in our land after many years of an ever-increasing crime rate,” Minnis said.
“Through enhanced policing and strong command, you led the force in the reduction of crime and a more integrated and streamlined command structure. Through a range of innovative and vigorous policing measures, including various technological advances, you achieved what many thought impossible.
“A grateful nation thanks you for your leadership and stewardship of the Royal Bahamas Police Force.”