NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Sixty-six graduates of the Royal Bahamas Police Force’s Hubcatt monitoring training course will join the COVID-19 enforcement unit and man popular locations such as Potters Cay, Arawak Cay and beaches throughout the island.
The civilian men and women, who graduated Friday, are expected to work alongside police officers.
During the graduation ceremony, Minister of National Security Marvin Dames said the COVID unit was established to ensure adherence to quarantine requirements and the geofencing program Hubcatt, as well compliance with emergency orders imposed to mitigate against the coronavirus pandemic.
However, the minister said the mandate of the ‘COVID-19 ambassadors’ were not to focus solely on enforcement, but to educate residents and sensitize them to the serious nature of the pandemic, and the need to follow health guidelines to remain safe.
“This COVID ambassador program is spread throughout the Commonwealth of The Bahamas and the objective here is not focus solely on enforcement,”
“What we want to do too is use this program to educate and remind Bahamians that we are all have a vested responsibility in first and foremost, keeping ourselves safe and those around us.
“And so, you will see these individuals — this is the first cohort — in public and public locations like Potters Cay and Arawak Cay and some of the beaches throughout New Providence, Grand Bahama, Abaco and Eleuthera and the other Family Islands. You will also see them throughout the country in vehicles… and they will be visiting persons who are currently on Hubcatt, ensuring that they’re adhering to the law and the guidelines laid out for them.”
Police Commissioner Paul Rolle and a host of senior law enforcement members and national security personnel, including Minister of National Security Permanent Secretary Marco Rolle attended the ceremony.