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Ranks of Police Reserves to be increased
Monday, 08 August 2011 15:52

NASSAU, The Bahamas -- Police and National Security officials are expected to increase the ranks of the Police Reserves during “the coming year”.

One thousand men and women currently comprise the national roll of the Police Reserves.

Minister of National Security, the Hon O.A.T. “Tommy”Turnquest said the decision is a result of the “significant role” the Reservists have been playing, and continue to play, in the war on crime and criminality within the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, and because of an increased interest in many other citizens to become Reservists.

Mr Turnquest said it is also part of the Police Force’s partnership with other law enforcement agencies and the community-at-large, to further develop a “united front in our fight against crime”.

“The involvement of Police Reservists have been invaluable to achieving positive results,” Mr Turnquest said. “Such collaborative measures will surely continue as it proves that the pooling of the various resources at our disposal is the key to making a notable difference in the reduction of crime.”

The Reserves, which were established in 1965, held an anniversary Church Service at the Grants Town Wesley Methodist Church Sunday (August 7) to commemorate 46 years of voluntary service to the Bahamian landscape.

Mr Turnquest said over the years, members of the Police Reserves have “consistently volunteered” more than 1800 hours annually to assisting the Career Force in the prevention and detection of crime and criminality, the apprehension of offenders and the enforcement of the laws of The Bahamas on islands throughout the archipelago.

“I have heard Divisional Commanders regularly comment about the positive impact Reservists have in assisting their Divisions to implement effective policing strategies,” Mr Turnquest said.

“Police Reserves assist the Police Force in the maintenance of law and order, the preservation of peace, the protection of life and property, the prevention and detection of crime, the apprehension of offenders and the enforcement of the laws with which the Force is charged.

“This demonstration of commitment is an indication that Reservists are not content to play a passive role within the (Royal Bahamas) Police Force. Instead, they increasingly devote more and more of their time and talents to ensuring that the objectives of the Police Force are achieved,” Mr Turnquest added.

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