Nottage Gives Full Support To Greenslade


Dr Bernard Nottage


Tribune Staff Reporter


NATIONAL Security Minister Dr Bernard Nottage has expressed his full support of Commissioner Ellison Greenslade in the fight against escalating crime and the struggle to free the police force from corruption.

The vote of confidence comes on the heels of Prime Minister Perry Christie’s effort to distance himself from the police leadership as public outrage at the high level of crime continues to grow.

Mr Christie said he will not have his legacy tied to the performance of the police, but giving his remarks at the annual police church service yesterday, Dr Nottage said: “We cannot afford the misbehaviour of a few officers sullying the reputation of the Royal Bahamas Police Force. And the commissioner of police, God bless him, can be assured of my full support in his efforts to cleanse the police force of all undesirables.

“Similarly,” he said to the rest of the force, “you have my support if you conduct yourselves in a manner consistent with the duties and responsibility that you have chosen.

“I also take this opportunity to impress upon officers the importance of enforcing the laws of the Bahamas without fear or favour. As our police officers, you are reminded that no individual is above the law and that you are to support the law impartially at all times.”

Last Friday, at a holiday luncheon for Urban Renewal staff, Prime Minister Christie instructed Urban Renewal divisions to conduct profiles on each home in their constituencies, adding that he will continue to rededicate resources until anti-crime initiatives are completely mobilised.

He added: “. . . I’m not prepared to have my own legacy, my own reputation, be tied to a total reliance on the RBPF and the leadership of that force. And so to the extent that I am leader of the country, I am going to be intrusive in ensuring that the system which we are operating under is accountable to the people of this country, and I have the provision where I’m going to require them to be accountable to the people of this country,” he said.

Reducing the fear of crime is a top priority, said Mr Christie, who pointed to its negative impact on development and international relations.

He said: “I said to the police force when I talk about saturation, I’m talking about having identified where every killing took place in New Providence and where the preponderance of them took place in the constituency represented by me, and the constituency represented by Dr (Bernard) Nottage.

“If I have to put a policeman and a police car on every corner as they do in some countries, we are going to communicate to the criminals in this country that we are going to root them out wherever they are, whatever it takes.”

Commending their efforts in the fight against crime over the last year, Dr Nottage also said the government will give police all the resources it requires.

“It is my sincere expectation that each and every member of the Royal Bahamas Police Force is as committed to the eradication of crime as we are. And that you will give your complete support to our collective efforts.

“This is not about politics. It is about eliminating the fear of crime and ensuring the peace and tranquility of this paradise we call The Bahamas,” Dr Nottage said, before thanking the entire force and all law enforcement for their hard-work and committed efforts.


John 6 years, 7 months ago

This election is going to be BIG, real and hard to win. If the economy rebounds and the PLP gets a grip n crime, they may have the fair advantage. The FNM will have to do a lot of cosmetology to look good and if the DNA continues to be around and show that they are not just a back-pocket hobby to their leader Branville McCcartney, they will be the dark horse in the race and can cause some serious upsets In fact if the voters continue to be ticked off and become disillusioned by the governance of the PLP the DNA can become a real third force ot recon with and the question of a coalition government will become a reality.


Honestman 6 years, 7 months ago

What election? You don't mean the one THREE YEARS from now??? We are a long way off from "the economy rebounding and the PLP getting a grip on crime". This country is at the tipping point and we don't have the luxury of speculating on an election so far away. I don't even want to think what this country is gong to look like after another three years of PLP mis-management. God help us all.


proudloudandfnm 6 years, 7 months ago

Seriously now. Time to relieve BJ of his duty at MONS. No excuses, he has done nothing and says nothing. We can pay him to sleep in the HOA but not as MONS anymore... Waste of money....


ThisIsOurs 6 years, 7 months ago

He may be siding with the Commissioner now because Perry Christie's brush had a broad stroke and quite a bit of paint landed on BJN. Just the other day he was saying policing wasn't his job, it's those people over there making the mistakes. Now Perry gunning for him too, the enemy of my enemy is my friend. In any event he needs to go. Perry needs to go, Brave needs to go, Shane needs to go. We need an election. No confidence.


TalRussell 6 years, 7 months ago

Comrades am I dreaming or did anyone else while listening to a local radio's newscast moments ago, also hear what sounded like "winning numbers" being announced in the background?


Reality_Check 6 years, 7 months ago

Christie and Nottage alike are "hot air, do nothing" politicians who look down on the idiots that vote for them while they plan for a civil servant like Greenslade to be the scapegoat for their own bumbling ineptitude!


sheeprunner12 6 years, 7 months ago


These men (PGC and BJ) are Ping-era politicians who react to crises as they were trained to do so in a 1970s and 1980s Bahamas.

They are not allowing a COP who is trained for 21st century strategies-driven policing approach to function.

The Bahamas is handicapped with a colonial-style courts system

Where are the 21st century leaders??????????????????????

We need the post 1967 generation to step up and lead this nation NOT Sir Arthur, PGC, Lil Brave, Big Bad Brad, BJ, Papa, Sir Mike, Sir Bally, and the countless scores of Pingdomite consultants, diplomats etc who are draining our coffers.............................



spoitier 6 years, 7 months ago

Why are they talking about eliminating the fear of crime? They were trying to do that the whole time by fixing the crime rate to ease people fear. How about trying to eliminte crime itself this time?


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