RBPF promotion exercise underway

RBPF promotion exercise underway
Police Staff Association Chairman Sonny Miller

PSA says process to date “transparent and very fair”

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — The latest police promotion exercise is underway with junior ranked officers currently being interviewed, Eyewitness News Online can confirm.

The process is being overseen by Police Deputy Commissioner Paul Rolle in accordance with the Police Act.

Police Staff Association Chairman Sonny Miller commended the commissioner and the deputy commissioner on the process thus far, telling Eyewitness News Online the association has not received any complaints related to the ongoing exercise.

However, he said the association will closely monitor the process.

“The Police Staff Association Act speaks clearly to the association not being able to speak to the promotional exercise itself; however, we can speak based on welfare matters that concern our members, and we can tell you that coming out of the start of this promotion process we have not received any complaints or anything that appears to be not the way it should be,” Miller said.

“Of course, the commissioner of police has appointed the deputy commissioner of police [to be] the chairman of the promotion board. We can tell that our members are pleased; getting ready; and are well prepared as they are interviewing for various positions.

“From our standpoint, the process itself is very transparent and very fair and up to today’s date we have not received any complaint from our members in terms of that.”

A man power audit undertaken by the Ministry of National Security last year outlined critical challenges in organization resource management practices and pointed to a “flawed and biased” promotion exercise, as well as the senior command of the force being too top-heavy.

That audit also indicated former Police Commissioner Ellison Greenslade’s participated in the interview process when he should not have been involved.

It found that the selection boards were not formed and the promotion exercise began with interviews conducted by the promotion board, which was headed by the then Police Commissioner Ellison Greenslade’s instead of the deputy commissioner.

The audit further noted that some officers “may or may not have been promoted justly/unjustly due to the lack of any systematic proof that they were the most qualified candidates.

The exercise was also conducted shortly before the May 10 general election in contravention of the Police Act.
Promotions included two superintendents to chief superintendents; 76 assistant superintendents to superintendents; 90 inspectors to assistant superintendents; and 107 sergeants to inspectors.

Yesterday, Miller said there have since been “drastic changes” to current the RBPF being top-heavy and there has been an increased focus on “building from the ground up”.

While he could not say how many officers he expected to be promoted in the latest exercise, the PSA chairman said he expects the promotion board to be guided by the manpower audit.