Bahamas Police Seek to Protect Tourists and Educate Youth

A prominent executive in the Bahamas financial community, Stephen Lawrence serves as president of the Trinity Company, a private equity and investment-management firm. In addition, Stephen Lawrence supports a variety of community service projects through the Lawrence Family Charitable Foundation. His giving focuses on helping the people of the Bahamas; one of his gifts equipped the Royal Bahamas Police Force with Kevlar vests.

The Royal Bahamas Police Force, founded in 1840 by Inspector General John Pinder and 16 men, mostly former slaves, who came primarily from night-watch backgrounds, currently employs over 4,000 people and provides protection to the people of the Bahamas in accordance with the Police Force Act of 2009.

Per the act’s provisions, the commissioner of police periodically releases a plan that details proposed strategies and resource allocations. In the plan for 2014, Commissioner Ellison Greenslade expressed the intention to build on the force’s success in 2013 in reducing serious crimes, such as murders and robberies. He believes tourists rarely suffer risk of victimization, but he will dedicate special attention to ensuring that this remains the case anyway.

In addition to suppressing crime, Greenslade plans to improve training and increase the professionalism of the force so that officers do not abuse their powers or alienate the public. He will also support efforts to reach out to young people and build relationships between the force and the community in order to address potential root causes of crime.