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Police Chief Urged To Fight Removal

Outgoing Police Commissioner Ellison Greenslade.

Outgoing Police Commissioner Ellison Greenslade.

By TANEKA THOMPSON

Tribune News Editor

tmthompson@tribunemedia.net

FORMER Free National Movement Chairman Darron Cash has criticised his own party over reports that plans are underway to have Commissioner of Police Ellison Greenslade replaced as the head of the Royal Bahamas Police Force.

Mr Cash said Minister of National Security Marvin Dames’ silence on Commissioner Greenslade’s fate is “troubling” to him.

While adding he is not a fan of Commissioner Greenslade due to the way the RBPF treated him during an investigation into leaks of information relating to Bank of The Bahamas in 2014, Mr Cash suggested the optics of removing the police chief will make it hard for his successor to appear to be politically neutral.

On Monday, The Tribune reported that Commissioner Greenslade has been offered the post of high commissioner to London and is reportedly set to be replaced by Deputy Commissioner Anthony Ferguson as head of the RBPF.

On Monday, Mr Cash noted he does not think Commissioner Greenslade should leave his post quietly and should instead force the government to fire him. He added if there is justifiable cause for the commissioner to be removed, the government must inform the public.

“The Tribune’s story about the Commissioner of Police Ellison Greenslade’s silence about his impending firing and the ‘mums the word’ response from his chief executioner, the minister of national security, is troubling,” Mr Cash posted to his Facebook page.

“This habit of sending the commissioner of police out to pasture in some foreign land because the new government wants its own commissioner in place should be stopped. I am no fan of COP Greenslade after his (alleged) misfeasance or nonfeasance in my real life ‘witch hunt.’ But is the nature of his job as COP such that the person has to be loved by the government of the day? So, if or when the PLP comes into office they get to appoint a commissioner they like?

“Since when is the COP a traditional political appointee? How will the new guy –- in this toxic political environment – be seen as anything other than a compromised political puppet? In my opinion, the current COP was too much of a politician and that no doubt contributed to the perception that he is, as Shakespeare would say, a time pleaser.

“Nevertheless, Greenslade has security of tenure thanks to the past PLP government. He should take that provision in the law out for a spin and not go quietly into that good night. Do a Preet and get fired,” he wrote, referring to a US attorney general who was fired by US President Trump this year after refusing to resign.

“If on the other hand Greenslade is being dismissed for cause, the public deserves to know chapter and verse why the new government thinks so. The country would not be well served if he simply shuffles off to some foreign land – no questions asked or answered. At some point this vicious cycle of political barbarism must be broken,” Mr Cash added.

Commissioner Greenslade was appointed the sixth commissioner of police on January 4, 2010 after serving as the acting deputy commissioner of police from January 1, 2009 upon completion of a one year secondment with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in Canada.

Mr Dames also took part in this training in Canada when he was a member of the RBPF.

In January 2009, Mr Dames, then senior assistant commissioner of police, was appointed commander for Grand Bahama. Mr Dames was later promoted to deputy commissioner while Commissioner Greenslade ascended to the RBPF’s top post.

Mr Dames quit the RBPF in May 2011 to take up a post at the Baha Mar resort.

He won the Mount Moriah seat in the House of Assembly in the May 10 general election.

Mr Dames did not comment on Commissioner Greenslade’s future when asked about the speculation on Sunday.

Comments

Well_mudda_take_sic 2 years, 11 months ago

This guy Cash is a complete imbecile willing to thwart the will of the people. The people know full well that Greenslade has failed miserably in his post as COP to stem the rising tide of crime; after all, it is the people who are living daily with the nightmare of crime because of Greenslade's serious shortcomings in strategic thought and ability, and overall administrative incompetence. You only have to look at the man's waist to realize he has serious self-discipline issues and cannot possibly be the shining example of law enforcement we want for our police force. Greenslade the yachtsman has been too slack for too many years, and while this has allowed him to grow physically, it has greatly interfered with his ability to do the job expected of him. Cash, it's best you keep your trap shut rather than try impede what's best for our country.

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sheeprunner12 2 years, 11 months ago

Greenslade is compromised ........... Dames needs a new COP ....... Greenslade must go!!!!!!!!

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sheeprunner12 2 years, 11 months ago

Who hires and fires the COP??????? ........... The PM and Cabinet This should be a simple exercise ......... Greenslade needs to GO!!!!!!!!!

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Tarzan 2 years, 11 months ago

Allegations of murder for hire: "There is nothing to investigate here." Did police interview the alleged victim's? No. Did police interview the alleged instigator, a PLP money man? No. Did police do a follow-up investigation of the two miscreants who claimed, under oath that they were hired to commit murder? No. Some investigation. Some Commissioner of Police. Totally corrupted by PLP. Get him out.

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birdiestrachan 2 years, 11 months ago

Mr. Greenslade should have known that Dames would be coming after him. It is all right what goes around comes around. and who ever sows the wind will reap the whirl wind, it is import to be careful what one does in life it will come back to you, Take it all to the Lord in prayer and the Just Judge justice will prevail.

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Apostle 2 years, 11 months ago

The commissioner did not say that he was being forced out, nor did the government say that he was asked to resign. So what is Cash point? An opportunity to say to the COP that he hates him? Quite frankly he could call the commissioner and tell him that. What is wrong with retiring? The Constitution of The Bahamas is explicit as to how a commissioner is appointed and how one is disappointed or fired.

  1. (1) Power to make appointments to the office of Commissioner of Police and Deputy Commissioner of Police shall be vested in the Governor-General acting on the recommendation of the Prime Minister after consultation with the Leader of the Opposition.

  2. (1) The Commissioner of Police and Deputy Commissioner of Police may be removed from office by the Governor-General but shall not be removed except in accordance with the provisions of paragraph (2) of this Article.

     (2)     The Commissioner of Police or Deputy Commissioner of Police shall be removed from office by the Governor-General if the question of his removal from office has been referred to a tribunal appointed under paragraph (3) of this Article and the tribunal has recommended to the Governor-General that he ought to be removed from office.  (This has not happened.
    

So as articulate as Cash wants to sound the Minister has no role in removing a sitting commissioner and the constitution sets out just how that should be. Last I know the commissioner is still in office. He was NOT suspended and has nothing to fight.

As a matter of fact, I would say one thing to Cash and that is when you live in glass house you don't throw stones. Your comments are premature and seems to be a grandstand and posturing. Please do NOT mention BOB. Stay in his zone because the two do not compare.

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ThisIsOurs 2 years, 11 months ago

We all know the governor generals post is ceremonial...

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ThisIsOurs 2 years, 11 months ago

"Nevertheless, Greenslade has security of tenure thanks to the past PLP government. He should take that provision in the law out for a spin and not go quietly into that good night. Do a Preet and get fired,” he wrote, referring to a US attorney general who was fired by US President Trump this year after refusing to resign. If on the other hand Greenslade is being dismissed for cause, the public deserves to know chapter and verse why the new government thinks so. The country would not be well served if he simply shuffles off to some foreign land – no questions asked or answered. At some point this vicious cycle of political barbarism must be broken,” Mr Cash added."

Agree 100%

This would be a bad move if true. The commissioner enjoys the trust and respect of his officers, that is THE most important quality for someone in that role. Has he done everything right, no, BUT, there a lot to work with. Is there anything that could be changed to improve the situation.? Does he have a plan for the crime problem the he could not implement under the last administration? Seems like that would be the first thing to determine. Now if there's a personality clash between himself and Dames that would be unfortunate, but I suppose in that case one or the other would have to concede some ground or leave.

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Reality_Check 2 years, 11 months ago

@ThisisOurs: Surely you jest when you say:

The commissioner enjoys the trust and respect of his officers, that is THE most important quality for someone in that role.

The commissioner's most important quality is to command the public's respect and trust in his ability to discharge his crime fighting duties. He clearly does not currently enjoy, nor will his shortcomings ever allow him to enjoy, that all important respect and trust!

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realfreethinker 2 years, 11 months ago

This job for life shit has to stop. So if he is not effective in his post,we should leave him there because of "tenure?" Even the lousy politicians does get fired. Can we say "may10th2017".

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sheeprunner12 2 years, 11 months ago

True .......... any contract can be bought out ......... politicians, police, players all alike ........... money, status and promotion can be a motivating factor for anyone ............ Greenslade had no problem taking the GB gifts (right??)

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licks2 2 years, 11 months ago

That rule is so dang stupid. . .COP FOR LIFE? What the hell this stupid dang party will do next. . .I should if they ever get back in power? Even our judges are limited by some age. . .but the COP does not? That alone should tell you he need to carry his backside home. . .not sitting COP who has the best interests of the nation at heart will allow any government. . .much less a crooked tail one like the last government. . . place his country at hostage like that! The COP is a wimp. . .let him go. . .with honor or "run" him home!

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