Police manpower report highlights shortfalls

National Security Minister, Marvin Dames.

The much anticipated 2018 Manpower Audit of the Royal Bahamas Police Force (RBPF), which has finally been completed, was laid before parliamentarians in the House of Assembly (HOA) Wednesday

Minister of National Security Marvin Dames, who presented the hefty report in the Lower Chamber yesterday said, the comprehensive document – the first of its kind – provides a detailed overview of the manpower needs within the RBPF.

It also highlights the police force’s shortfalls and what needs to done to enable the RBPF to achieve its mandate, according to Dames.

The national security minister said there was a manpower report executed by CDR International a number of years ago, but that document focused on the restructuring of the police force.

Dame, in his former role as deputy commissioner of the RBPF, was a part of that joint effort between the government and CDR International.

He told Parliament that he is proud that the force’s most recent manpower audit was completed locally and provides a broader approach to solving sweeping issues within the police force.

“I am proud to stand here today to acknowledge that this audit is the first of its kind done for the police force, because it is an evidence based study on the manpower needs of the organization, some of the shortfalls within the organization, why we are where are and what we need to do to get where we need to go,” Dames shared.

“As a government, we are committed to the people of The Bahamas, that the days of ad hoc policing, and the days of ad hoc work within government ministries, are a thing of the past. We will no longer be dreaming up initiatives and strategies based on nothing.

“We are now in an era of evidence based work, and this particular audit will set the standard for the way we do business moving forward.”

In a previous interview with Eyewitness News, Dames shared that his ministry was concerned about the “consistent neglect” of training within the force and that an overhaul of the entire force was expected to be rolled out within the coming months.

He pointed to the new audit as a valuable tool which, he said, would assist with the overhaul.

Dr. Jennifer Bethel and Indira Adderley headed the government’s team which produced the audit.