More changes slated for the Royal Bahamas Police Force
  
Tuesday, 12 January 2010 13:59

Minister of National Security the Hon Tommy Turnquest brought remarks during the Royal Bahamas Police Force Annual Church Service and Parade at St John’s Native Baptist Church, Sunday, January 10.  (BIS photo/Patrick Hanna)  NASSAU, Bahamas -- Minister of National Security the Hon Tommy Turnquest said more changes are expected shortly in the Police Force.

Speaking at the Annual Church Service for the Royal Bahamas Police Force at St John’s Native Baptist Church on Sunday Mr Turnquest, “The face of the Police Force has dramatically changed from what it was when we worshipped together a year ago.”

“Today, a new generation has taken up the leadership of the Police Force.  With a few more changes expected shortly, there are great expectations as the Police Force moves forward.”

He said while the change in the Police Force is ‘most evident’ in the leadership, change is taking place throughout the force.

“Our continuing initiatives to turn back the upsurge in crime and criminality, and to restore law and order, peace and stability, demands a professional, engaged and effective Police force.”

Emphasizing the Government’s commitment to support the ‘critical’ work of the Police Force, Mr Turnquest said the Government will continue to make the Force a top priority.

The Royal Bahamas Police Force along with other Law Enforcement Agencies took to the streets during the Annual Church Service and Parade, Sunday, January 10.  (BIS photo/Patrick Hanna) “We will continue to make significant investments in our Police Force and prudently allocate resources for education and training at home and abroad,” he said. “State of the art assets and equipment are being upgraded.”

However, he explained that expectations are high for officers.  “I say emphatically to the new leadership and to all Officers of the Police Force, that significant investment should bring significant returns. That is what the Government and people of The Bahamas expect from the Police Force.” 

He said the ‘significant’ returns should be reflected in leadership, commitment, bold reforms and creative new law enforcement strategies, ‘Godly’ principles, transparency and accountability.

Presiding over the service was Rev Dr Victor Cooper Jr and the Royal Bahamas Police Force provided music.

The sermon was delivered by Rev Dr Michael Symonette who admonished officers of the importance of abstaining from certain vices. 

“I wish to advise you as I was advised when I first became a pastor. “Use the book of Proverbs as a guideline for conducting yourselves in office because it is a book of common sense,” said Rev Symonette.  “Keep away from folly and beware of three things: money, women or men and liquor because they will take you down if you don’t exercise self-governance.”

The top brass of the Police Force listen attentively during the Royal Bahamas Police Force Annual Church Service and Parade. Pictured from left: Ellison Greenslade, Commissioner of Police; Marvin Dames, Deputy Commissioner of Police; Clifford Scavella, Commodore, Royal Bahamas Defence Force and Jack Thompson, Director of Immigration.  (BIS photo/Patrick Hanna) A parade followed the church service.

Photo 1: Minister of National Security the Hon Tommy Turnquest brought remarks during the Royal Bahamas Police Force Annual Church Service and Parade at St John’s Native Baptist Church, Sunday, January 10.  (BIS photo/Patrick Hanna)  

Photo 2: The Royal Bahamas Police Force along with other Law Enforcement Agencies took to the streets during the Annual Church Service and Parade, Sunday, January 10.  (BIS photo/Patrick Hanna) 

Photo 3: The top brass of the Police Force listen attentively during the Royal Bahamas Police Force Annual Church Service and Parade. Pictured from left: Ellison Greenslade, Commissioner of Police; Marvin Dames, Deputy Commissioner of Police; Clifford Scavella, Commodore, Royal Bahamas Defence Force and Jack Thompson, Director of Immigration.  (BIS photo/Patrick Hanna)