Former Royal Bahamas Defence Force (RBDF) Commodore Tellis Bethel is beginning a new role as standards inspector of security forces at the Ministry of National Security, Minister of National Security Marvin Dames said yesterday.
Dames said the position will include reviewing the programs and operations of law enforcement agencies and make recommendations to the minister.
Bethel was sent on leave in October and the details surrounding his future with the defense force were unclear for months.
At the time, the decision to remove Bethel raised eyebrows among some observers given that the RBDF was instrumental in Hurricane Dorian relief efforts on Grand Bahama and Abaco, where security concerns on the ground persisted in the immediate aftermath.
“I would like to extend my sincerest gratitude to the outgoing commander of the defense force, Commodore Bethel, for your many years of dedicated service to the defense force and, by extension, the nation,” Dames said during his contribution to the 2020/2021 budget.
“The same is extended to all officers and marines who have served their country.
“Mr. Bethel will continue service in his new role as standards inspector of security forces.
“In his new role, he will be working through the permanent secretary at the Ministry of National Security to support the three agencies in their efforts to provide high quality effective and responsive services to their clients – the Bahamian people; reviewing the respective agencies’ programs and operations in accordance with their mandates, and making recommendations to the minister.”
Commodore Raymond King was officially sworn in as the new head of the RBDF in a ceremony last month.
In the days leading up to the ceremony, Dames told reporters that Bethel would be taking up a new position in the ministry.