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Commissioner opens command course

Published: May 10, 2013

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Commissioner of Police Ellison Greenslade officially opened the Intermediate Command Course on Tuesday at the Paul Farquharson Conference Centre.

The three-week course, which is being facilitated by Michael Pike, a former consultant to the Royal Bahamas Police Force, is expected to expose 18 participants to a number of police science and modern management subjects.

In his remarks to the group, Greenslade said they, and others like them, will be responsible for taking the force into the future.

“Over the past few months, we have come in for severe criticism by our public,” he said.

“They have spoken loudly of their displeasure with our performance and non-performance in many regards.  There have been numerous complaints of police abuse of citizens’ rights and of police brutality.  In addition, we receive daily a litany of complaints of vary degrees.

“Apart from complaints by the public, we have noticed the lack of discipline among our officers in the public domain and we have noted major deficiencies in dress, behavior and performance across the force.

“I must tell you emphatically that we are now at a crossroad and we must do many things to improve.”

Facilitators will include senior members of the force and civil society stakeholders.

Among those present at the opening were police officers and Dale Sheehan, director of capacity building and training at INTERPOL’s General Secretariat.

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