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Bahamas dismisses ‘dirty’ cops

NASSAU — Thirty police officers have been dismissed from the Royal Bahamas Police Force since Commissioner of Police Ellison Greenslade took command, the police chief revealed yesterday.

Eight were fired in 2010; 13 in 2011; six in 2012 and three so far in 2013.

Most of the officers were dismissed under the force’s internal codes. Others were convicted in the RBPF’s tribunal or in a criminal court, Greenslade said.

He made the revelation at a press conference at police headquarters where he expressed “disappointment” over the recent arrest of former Constable Toni Atiya Sweeting.

Sweeting, 27, was arrested in the US Departures Lounge at Lynden Pindling International Airport on Friday for alleged possession of cocaine. She was on duty and in uniform at the time of her arrest, police said.

But Greenslade did not get into the specifics of the case. The matter is now before the courts.

The RBPF has been dogged by recent allegations of police brutality and excessive force. Greenslade has said the reports have tarnished the force’s reputation.

“I ask our people to come to work with clean hands and to keep their hands clean,” he said.

“I ask our people to be firm and professional in the discharge of their duties. We can be relentless in the pursuit of offenders and very firm, but we must be professional.”

Greenslade said the RBPF will remain transparent whenever it deals with cases of alleged police misconduct and will penalize officers who are of ill repute. (Nassau Guardian)

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