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US State Department report: Inspectorate that looks into complaints about police fails to meet

A CIVILIAN organisation that is legally mandated to investigate complaints against police officers has not had a meeting since September 2017, according to the United States’ latest human rights report.

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'Neighbourhood watch a great success'

WITH more than 80 neighbourhood watch groups in New Providence, the Royal Bahamas Police Force has witnessed much success in its fight against crime and restoring peace in communities, according to Senior Assistant Commissioner of Police Stephen Dean.

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Police Month gets underway with walkabout in Freeport

POLICE on Grand Bahama kicked off Police Month on Friday with a community walkabout led by Assistant Commissioner of Police Samuel Butler, who with his officers, interacted with persons on the streets and at various establishments in the Freeport area.

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‘2018 was historic year for RBPF’

AS he touted a 25 percent reduction in murders last year and a “dramatic turnaround” in the Royal Bahamas Police Force, National Security Minister Marvin Dames said more technology and support is on the way for law enforcement.

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‘Protocol flawed for fatal fire officers’

THE Royal Bahamas Police Force’s protocol for officers involved in police-involved killings demonstrates a stunning lapse of judgement, lawyer Christina Galanos said yesterday.

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Overlooked officers bitter after audit shock

THE manpower audit report of the Royal Bahamas Police Force has rekindled bitterness in police officers who feel they were wrongfully overlooked for promotions in 2014 and 2017.

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Warrants unserved due to lack of workers

THOUSANDS of warrants remain unexecuted and ports of entry have been left vulnerable because of a manpower shortage within the Royal Bahamas Police Force.

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Police officer sues over snub for promotion

A POLICE officer is suing the commissioner of police and the Royal Bahamas Police Force’s promotion board for refusing to give him a promotion on two occasions, while simultaneously promoting other officers to the very rank he sought. Constable Delm

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Interpol helps to train law enforcers

IN the worldwide fight against the illicit smuggling of radiological and nuclear material, some 40 law enforcement officials are participating in a four-day training conference in Grand Bahama organised by the Royal Bahamas Police Force and Interpol.

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New police chief for Grand Bahama and northern region

DEPUTY Commissioner of Police Emrick Seymour officially turned over command of the northern district to his successor, Assistant Commissioner of Police Samuel Butler, on Friday during a handover ceremony at Police Headquarters in Grand Bahama.

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Police promotions on merit not politics

AN audit underway of manpower in the Royal Bahamas Police Force will end the need for prescribed promotion dates set by politicians, Minister of National Security Marvin Dames has announced.

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Police criticised over warning on how to dress

THE ROYAL Bahamas Police Force (RBPF) came under heavy fire yesterday for victim blaming, after warning the public to “dress appropriately” while at Junkanoo to “take away the chance of being groped or touched inappropriately”.

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How to stay safe through the holiday season

THE Royal Bahamas Police Force held a press conference yesterday to advise members of the public on safety tips for the holiday season, urging people not to carry around large sums of cash, wear flashy jewellery or shop alone at night.

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Officers’ overtime finally paid out

POLICE Staff Association Chairman Sgt Sonny Miller has confirmed more than 1,800 officers have received, in part or in full, overtime payments stemming from 12-hour shifts worked in 2013 and 2014.

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Police pay backlog delayed

THE latest installment of the budgeted $5.6m for police overtime pay has been shelved due to a lack of public funds, according to an official from the Police Staff Association.

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Nine officers promoted, but no word on date for next overtime payments

WHILE nine police officers were promoted Wednesday, newly elected Police Staff Association Chairman Sonny Miller said no date has been identified for police officers to receive the second tranche of their long-sought overtime payments. Sergeant Mil

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$5.6m budgeted for police overtime payments this year

IN the upcoming fiscal year, the Minnis administration has budgeted $5.6m for overtime pay for police officers who worked overtime at separate periods in 2013 and 2014.

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Payouts to police officers for overtime work begin

AS police officers started to receive their long-sought overtime pay yesterday, many expressed happiness and relief though there were still a few unanswered questions about the process that sprung from a landmark Supreme Court ruling in 2015.

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Cabinet to discuss police officer payments today

CABINET will meet today and is expected to discuss whether the Free National Movement government will honour a promise made by former Prime Minister Perry Christie to pay overtime to Royal Bahamas Police Force officers at the end of the month, according to Deputy Prime Minister Peter Turnquest.

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Call to annul pre-election police promotions

FAMILIES for Justice (FFJ), a local civic group in Grand Bahama, is calling for the cancellation of the recent promotions to all senior police officers given the high crime rate in the Bahamas.

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851 POLICE OFFICERS PROMOTED ON EVE OF POLL

THE Royal Bahamas Police Force (RBPF) has promoted 851 officers, according to an announcement from Commissioner of Police Ellison Greenslade yesterday as officers prepare to cast ballots in the general election’s advanced poll on Wednesday.

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Officers who worked 12-hour shifts to be given time off

THE Christie administration has decided to give time off to hundreds of active police officers who worked 12-hour shifts in 2013 and 2014 and to give financial compensation to officers who worked overtime during that period but have since retired, according to Wayne Munroe, attorney representing the Police Staff Association in the matter.

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Police Staff Association wins appeal on overtime

THE Police Staff Association (PSA) has won its appeal in a landmark case against the government concerning millions in overtime pay for officers who worked additional hours during separate periods in 2013 and 2014.

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‘Don’t just blame police for crime woes’

AMID criticism of the Royal Bahamas Police Force’s leadership, former Assistant Commissioner of Police Hulan Hanna said there is no room for side discussions while Bahamians continue to fall victim to criminal activity.

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Ruling on police overtime pay ‘a game-changer’

FRIDAY’S Supreme Court ruling ordering that overtime pay be paid to police officers who have worked 12-hour shifts within the last two years is a game-changer for law enforcement agencies across the board, Police Staff Association President Dwight Smith declared yesterday.

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Families for Justice call for Dwight Smith to be removed as PSA chairman

FAMILIES for Justice Founder Rev Glenroy Bethel is calling for the removal of the Police Staff Association (PSA) executive chairman Dwight Smith, who is accused of indecently exposing himself to a female officer.

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Hundreds of police officers promoted

NEARLY 600 Royal Bahamas Police Force officers have been promoted in a widespread exercise.

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'Political interference' claim over police promotions

QUESTIONS are being raised over whether there is government interference in determining who is promoted as part of the Royal Bahamas Police Force’s expected promotion exercises.

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Eight police officers recommended for dismissal - none fired

NONE of the eight officers recommended for dismissal by the police Court of Enquiry Tribunals last year have been let go, Deputy Commissioner of Police Quinn McCartney confirmed yesterday.

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Call for psychological support for police force

DESPITE hundreds of police brutality complaints over the last five years, Royal Bahamas Police Force officers do not receive routine psychological evaluations, Deputy Commissioner of Police Quinn McCartney confirmed yesterday.

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Rise in complaints against officers

A NEW Code of Conduct for police officers has been created following a rise in complaints against officers in 2013 compared to 2012, Police Commissioner Ellison Greenslade revealed yesterday.

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