Another police officer discharged
ROYSTON JONES JR.
Guardian Staff Reporter
Published: May 07, 2013
A police constable was yesterday discharged from the Royal Bahamas Police Force (RBPF) for a “major offense”, Deputy Commissioner of Police Quinn McCartney revealed.
The only detail provided about the former constable was that he has been with the force for more than five years.
“The commissioner had to dismiss one of our officers for a breach of discipline,” McCartney said. “I just want to appeal to our members of the Royal Bahamas Police Force to continue to abide by the rules and regulations.
“We are here to enforce the laws of The Bahamas and should not be breaking those laws, and unfortunately when that happens we will have to discipline our officers.”
McCartney spoke to The Nassau Guardian following the opening ceremony of Interpol’s Capacity Building Training in the Fight against Crime and Organized Crime seminar at Police Headquarters.
“We are one of the few organizations that are required to police ourselves, but the Police Act and our regulations give a whole gamut of offenses in which our officers can be disciplined and that can include dismissal,” he noted.
When asked to detail the breach, McCartney said while he did not wish to give specifics it was a breach of a “major offense”.
He said the officer went before the force’s tribunal and pleaded guilty to the offense and it was recommended that he be dismissed.
McCartney insisted that any officer who breaches the law or the police force’s internal disciplinary code will be dealt with severely.
Thirty-one police officers have been dismissed from the RBPF since Greenslade took command, the police chief revealed last month.
Eight were fired in 2010; 13 in 2011; six in 2012 and four so far in 2013.
Most of the officers were dismissed under the force’s internal codes.
Others were convicted by the RBPF’s tribunal or in a criminal court, Greenslade has said.