Zero-tolerance approach to crime, says new GB police chief

Assistant Commissioner of Police Ashton Greenslade takes command of the Grand Bahama District. Photo: Vandyke Hepburn

Assistant Commissioner of Police Ashton Greenslade takes command of the Grand Bahama District. Photo: Vandyke Hepburn


Tribune Freeport Reporter


THE new Grand Bahama new police chief has warned that there will be a “zero tolerance” approach to crime and that all laws, including measures put in place in response to COVID-19, will be enforced.

Assistant Commissioner of Police Ashton Greenslade - who took command of the Grand Bahama District on Tuesday - sent a “stern warning” to criminals.

“If you continue to commit crime, we are coming to get you; we are coming after you. We have a zero-tolerance approach to crime and the criminal elements,” he said.

He indicated that to continue “the downward trend” in crime on Grand Bahama, there will be strategic patrols, community policing, and frequent arrests.

He said patrols will be increased at “hot spots” on the island. He said Grand Bahama officers are also enforcing the national 24-hour curfew. He said about 10 people have already been arraigned in Grand Bahama for curfew violations.

“We will increase police presence and ensure that persons who are supposed to be home during curfew are home. We will continue to send persons to court who break the law. I think they got the message and we will continue to enforce it (curfew),” he said.

Concerning the alleged illegal operation of bars in outlying areas, such as Pinder’s Point, Eight Mile Rock, and Williams Town, ACP Greenslade said patrols are conducted in those areas and officers would address any violation.


B_I_D___ 3 years, 6 months ago

There should ALWAYS be zero tolerance to crime, so why is that even a talking point like they are doing something different...


TalRussell 3 years, 6 months ago

Do let Grand Bahamalanders know the very second after the new zero tolerance comrade assistant chief constabulary has the colony's PM, GG, AG, Security Minister and Chief Constabulary and crown minister Frankie in lockup custody for violating the keep your 6' foots distance measure. Nod once for yeah, twice for no?


TheMadHatter 3 years, 6 months ago

Zero tolerance? Does that mean he is going to continue the country's policy of locking up all of our young men and women who have a joint in their possession? Filling up the prisons with non-violent offenders? Contributing to the pressure on judges to give bail to violent offenders due to prison overcrowding?

Ruining the lives of our youth by branding them with a life-long police record on their file? Of course, that is his job. It is good to hear someone say they are going to do their job. A good thing.

However, let us continue to pray as a nation that somewhere on high in our Government someone wakes up and decides to amend the laws to prevent the continued destruction of the futures of our young men and women - and instead help them and guide them to become law abiding, productive, valued members of society.

19 year old kids sitting up in prison breathing oxygen, don't help nobody.


DDK 3 years, 6 months ago

Right on Hatter! Dodos 🤣


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