Auditors recommend comprehensive review of officers’ medical coverage

Report says officers should not have doubts about their healthcare coverage An audit into the Royal Bahamas Police Force’s (RBPF) Reserves Branch has recommended that the police force revisit the government’s agreement with Colina Limited. According to the audit, the agency did not have a copy of the agreement on file, and a document subsequently […]

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Tracking system within school for youth offenders’, part of policing plan

While much of Police Commissioner’s Anthony Ferguson’s policing plan for 2019 encompasses similar or largely the same initiatives outlined previously, the document tabled by Minister of National Security Marvin Dames Wednesday calls for the establishment of a tracking system where the National Crime Prevention Office (NCPO) and school liaison officers can “monitor youth offenders within […]

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RBPF audit points to gender disparity among reserves

Some reserves did not report for duty, but paid An audit into the Royal Bahamas Police Force’s (RBPF) Reserve Branch shows significant gaps between men and women at the senior levels of the reservists’ program. Minister of National Security Marvin Dames tabled the report in Parliament yesterday. At the time of the audit, there were […]

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Dames: Audit not an indictment on RBPF reserves

NASSAU, BAHAMAS- Minister of National Security Marvin Dames said yesterday that the damning audit into the Royal Bahamas Police Force (RBPF) Reserves Branch is not an indictment on the reserves that serve, but a road map to correct the discrepancies and long-standing challenges within the system made by successive governments. “There are committed officers, who […]

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Reserves program largely consisted of “senior citizens”

NASSAU, BAHAMAS- The Royal Bahamas Police Force (RBPF) Reserves Branch largely consisted of “senior citizens” with nearly 49 percent of reservists being over 55, a result of the program accepting retired officers instead of recruiting new candidates to diversify the program, and a lack of retirement criteria for reserves, according to a recently completed audit […]

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Govt. tabled National Crime Intelligence Agency Bill

Bill would give agency general powers of inquiry, search, arrest and seizure NASSAU, BAHAMAS- The proposed National Crime Intelligence Agency (NCIA) Bill, 2019, would establish an Intelligence and Security Committee of Parliament that would be responsible for the administration of finances for the agency, the general review of its performance and investigate any complaints in […]

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Reserves audit: retired officers were re-enlisted and promoted “without justification”

Govt. paid 1,255 reserve officers $7.54 million in 2016/2017 An audit into the Royal Bahamas Police Force’s (RBPF) reservist branch has revealed that there was a practice of retired officers re-enlisting in the reserves program and retaining their rank or being promoted to higher ranks “without justification or standardization”. Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis is […]

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Government tight-lipped on Bahamian teen’s arrest in U.S.

Despite calls from the opposition for the government to act in relation to a video recording which depicts a Broward County police officer punching and slamming a 15-year-old Bahamian boy, government officials have remained tight-lipped on the matter. When asked for comment outside Cabinet yesterday, Minister of Foreign Affairs Darren Henfield and Minister of Tourism […]

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Hinds: Police await the executive on breathalyzers

Amid domestic and international concerns over the increase in road traffic fatalities in The Bahamas, Assistant Chief Superintendent of the Road Traffic Division Mareno Hinds said yesterday that the police force has considered the use of breathalyzers in an effort to clamp down on motorists driving under the influence. With the backdrop of a United […]

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Dames: Govt. may consider new approach to police-involved killings

  NASSAU, BAHAMAS – National Security Minister Marvin Dames revealed on Monday that there is a possibility that government may look into the idea of establishing an independent body to investigate incidents of police-involved killings. Minister Dames’ revelation came on the heels of attorney Ramona Farquharson-Seymour’s assertion that government and the Royal Bahamas Police Force […]

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RBPF Commissioner confirms NSA investigation launched

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – Police Commissioner Anthony Ferguson confirmed that a full investigation has been launched by the RBPF’s Anti-Corruptions Unit, into allegations of corruption at the National Sports Authority (NSA). Ferguson told media on Friday that he recently received the documents from prime minister Dr. Hubert Minnis and subsequently handed them to a special team […]

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Police Commissioner commends hundreds of officers

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – A little over 140 police officers were awarded Commissioner Commendations yesterday in New Providence. The awards ceremony hosted at the Paul Farquharson headquarters on East Street follows a similar ceremony hosted in Grand Bahama on Wednesday. Police Commissioner Anthony Ferguson presented each of the awardees with certificates of honor for their hard […]

RBDF apprehends 40 Haitian migrants in southern Bahamas

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – A total of 40 migrants were detained after they were apprehended in the southern Bahamas on Tuesday morning by members of the Royal Bahamas Defence Force (RBDF). The RBDF said acting on information received, HMBS Durward Knowles, under the command of Senior Lieutenant Bertram Bowleg, apprehended a 35-ft Haitian sloop off the […]