Greenslade offered UK diplomat role


Tribune Staff Reporter

NATIONAL Security Minister Marvin Dames yesterday refused to comment on recent speculation that plans are underway to have Commissioner of Police Ellison Greenslade replaced as the head of the Royal Bahamas Police Force. When contacted, Mr Dames directed The Tribune to speak to Commissioner Greenslade. He declined further comment.

The Tribune contacted Commissioner Greenslade, but calls were not returned up to press time.

However, it is understood that Mr Greenslade has been offered the post of High Commissioner to London. He will be replaced by Deputy Commissioner Tony Ferguson as Commissioner of Police.

It is also understood that Deputy Commissioner Emerick Seymour, now in charge of Freeport, will be transferred to Nassau as Deputy Commissioner.

Meanwhile, former Assistant Police Commissioner Paul Thompson told The Tribune he has also heard rumours that Commissioner Greenslade was being “forced out” of RBPF and said he is “very disappointed” by the reports.

“I am hoping it is not so because Mr Greenslade has done an excellent job,” Mr Thompson said. “If you look at his record, as far as what he has done with the detection of crime, it is commendable. He is doing his job and he is doing it well.

“The men who work for him, the officers, they respect him and they love him. He is a community person with honesty and integrity at its highest. Why change him if you are getting results? Here we have a man who has taken this force to new heights, which is commendable. Anyone with any conscience will realise these officers have been doing a remarkable job in terms of arrests in violent crimes. People love and respect him and to change him now would be wrong.”

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.

Minister of National Security Marvin 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.


We_doomed_242 says...

A step in the right direction dames well done !

Posted 17 July 2017, 10:31 a.m. Suggest removal

Well_mudda_take_sic says...

Get rid of Greenslade asap. As an ineffective Police Commissioner, he long ago lost the public's trust. Give him a year in London and then fire him....because he will no doubt be an equally ineffective High Commissioner!

Posted 17 July 2017, 10:41 a.m. Suggest removal

yari says...

Why give him a job? Just get rid of him!

Posted 17 July 2017, 10:48 a.m. Suggest removal

baldbeardedbahamian says...


Posted 17 July 2017, 11:22 a.m. Suggest removal

birdiestrachan says...

No surprise , Dames seems hell bent. there is the saying you can do as much as you
like , but not as long as you like. What ever comes Mr: Greenslade will be just great.
no one can keep a good man down and I am sure he knows "If God is for me Who can be against **me.

Posted 17 July 2017, 11:23 a.m. Suggest removal

sheeprunner12 says...

Greenslade was always the showboat of the two fellas Ingraham had set up to run the Force ....... but Dames was the Grinder who was frustrated by the PLP because they needed a lackey in that position .......... Dames left for Bahamar and now he needs a Grinder to run the Force ...... Greenslade should have resigned on May 11th because he was compromised by the PLP

Posted 17 July 2017, 11:38 a.m. Suggest removal

Economist says...

I have heard the same thing, "lackey". He should not be sent to the UK either.

Posted 17 July 2017, 9:16 p.m. Suggest removal

sheeprunner12 says...

Economist ......... there as some things that must be done to save face right now ......... Greenslade is better suited as a diplomat than a COP

Posted 18 July 2017, 12:03 p.m. Suggest removal

Reality_Check says...

Someone should be investigating how Greenslade the boatsman managed to acquire those expensive boats (yachts) that he purportedly owns and paid a fair price for. Rumors have been around for years that Greenslade's yachts were confiscated from drug smugglers, but were never put up for proper public auction.

Posted 17 July 2017, 11:44 a.m. Suggest removal

sheeprunner12 says...

Whaaaaaaaaaaaaattttttttttttt?????????? .......... Not the blue-eyed pretty boy???? ........... Who was adamant about defending his integrity???????

Posted 17 July 2017, 11:48 a.m. Suggest removal

birdiestrachan says...

Reality check you should be very careful when you wright things you can not prove
Mr: Greenslade is a honest man. Mr. Thompson a former police who knows him better
than you people speaks well of him. Be very careful what one gives the world they can
not take back,

Posted 17 July 2017, 11:56 a.m. Suggest removal

realfreethinker says...

go away

Posted 17 July 2017, 2:37 p.m. Suggest removal

We_doomed_242 says...

Eat shit birdie smells like your diet

Posted 17 July 2017, 12:01 p.m. Suggest removal

Socrates says...

i dont think Greenslade has political interests, but based on comments from Dames well before the election about the RBPF, i'm not surprised if Greenslade is shown the door.. the book does say there is a time and a season for everything i suppose...

Posted 17 July 2017, 12:15 p.m. Suggest removal

TalRussell says...

Da Police Commish's ride to England the Queen Liz's Royal Brittina Yacht, arrives in Nassau Harbour to collect Bahamaland' s newest Diplomat posted overseas English Motherland.
Comrades! Why the mad rush to name a new Policeman's Commish - by a regime not in a rush to remove VAT from the store shelves prices everyday "breadbasket" items?
Maybe it's time to slow the appointment down to maybe also look outside the force to bring a whole new direction, approach, experience and discipline to lead force over the next 5 years? Just because were into our 45th year Bahamaland's Independence shouldn't mean that individual cannot be a foreigner, or even a local from outside the politics of the force.
Seems the red shirts are done likewise creating secondary incomes and pensions which they so loudly in opposition had criticized the former PLP administration for doing exactly the same thing?
Comrades, is this really about "It's the People's time"- or just more of the same by a different set governing politicians - who just happens to be wearing different t-shirts colours? But then again, isn't this the very same red regime's whose first order of governing business was to honour the PLP's election ploy promise to pay policeman's overtime pays - aided by "KP" borrowing close to a BILLION Dollars in the name of"It's the People's time." For damn sure It's not the once again forgotten Bain's Town or Centerville People's time."
Comrades say what's you wants but there's no denying the red shirts regime are hell bent on being all transparent in maintaining the same old PLP's ways.

Posted 17 July 2017, 12:54 p.m. Suggest removal

Economist says...

Man Tal you out of date. Cost cutting caused the retirement of the Royal Yacht Britannia.

"Since the decommissioning of Britannia in 1997 the Queen no longer has a royal yacht."

Even the Queen had to do her part in effort to get UK spending under control.

Maybe we need to follow her example.

Posted 17 July 2017, 9:33 p.m. Suggest removal

Honestman says...

Good move if it's true. Time for him to move on.

Posted 17 July 2017, 2:53 p.m. Suggest removal

tell_it_like_it_is says...

Guess I'm the odd one out, but I've always liked Greenslade. When speaking with him, his heart seems to be in the right place. If he was pretending to care, he was doing a good job IMHO.

Posted 17 July 2017, 3:20 p.m. Suggest removal

thephoenix562 says...

If i were Mr Greenslade i would take it quick before they change their mind.Nothing is left for him to do on the RBPF.

Posted 17 July 2017, 4:40 p.m. Suggest removal

John says...

Greenslade has more murders on his watch than *ALL* the other Commissioners of Police in the Bahamas combined. And with the murder rate up 17% over last year, he cannot present a good case not to get booted. The question is would his replacements be more effective. Without corresponding social and economic support programs and education efforts, the police efforts in the inner cities will not be effective. The basis of crime in these areas stem mostly from breaking down communities, persons with little education and social values, trying to survive in an economy that hardly affords them the opportunity to feed themselves. Some areas don't even have a single mom and pop store anymore (#shoplifters and #armrobbers)

Posted 17 July 2017, 7:16 p.m. Suggest removal

TigerB says...

Heck, if Hubert Ingraham as was there he would have been gone long time. During the promotion exercise he promoted two of his sons. They have 3 and 5 years in the job, he knew he was gone!

Posted 17 July 2017, 9:34 p.m. Suggest removal

sheeprunner12 says...

Ingraham was his benefactor ....... and there should be a policy about five or more senior family members on the same Force ........ #nepotism

Posted 18 July 2017, 12:06 p.m. Suggest removal

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