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Students learn of opportunities with a career in law enforcement

by: Abria Cooper, FN News Reporter - Published Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Law Enforcement Agencies showcased their diverse career options at the Grand Bahama High School Industrial and Technical Career Opportunities Fair, along with Industrial and Technical Companies on the island.  

 

The event was held on Friday, January 20 at the Grand Lucayan Ballroom. 

 

Superintendent of Police Loretta Mackey told this daily that the Police Training College took the lead on the RBPF’s involvement in the fair, in conjunction with the Commissioner’s (Ellison Greenslade) Priority Number 5 for his Policing Plan for 2017. 

 

“It speaks to us engaging the youth in a positive way,” she disclosed.

 

Mackey said that they were delighted to showcase the many career opportunities in the RBPF.  

 

According to Mackey, there are lawyers, medical professionals, educators and even chemists in the RBPF along with other career paths. 

 

Doyle Burrows, Assistant Superintendent of the Royal Bahamas Police Force (RBPF) Marine Support Services shared details on what they brought to showcase at the fair that day.

 

“We brought out today a part of what we do in Marine Support. I’m responsible for boating area and also anti-terrorism, so we brought out the bomb suit and a few other devices that we would use for anti-terrorism,” he said. 

 

ASP Burrows noted that many of the male senior students showed interest in their booth, which provided a preliminary form for students to fill out.  

 

However, he added that Marine Support is also looking for young women to apply.  

 

He furthered that he is encouraging all young people to look into having a career with the RBPF, because it’s a multifaceted organization.

 

“There’s so much things you can do, so I encourage any young person to try their best to join the Royal Bahamas Police Force and make a difference in their country,” he said.

 

Lou Johnson, Police Constable 3283 of the Traffic Police Station here in Grand Bahama, told this daily that the fair went well.  

 

They were sharing with students the various aspects of road safety.

 

“We’re just giving them a heads up on what it takes to be a motorist, here, driving on the streets of Grand Bahama,” he said.

 

Johnson touched on the importance of things such as obeying traffic lights and signs, being mindful of pedestrians and school zones and just being vigilant while on the road. 

 

He noted that as an officer in this department, he deals with many traffic offences.

 

“Day-to day accident investigations, I deal with offenders who decide not to want to obey traffic lights and those who decide not to want to license and insure their vehicles,” he said.

 

Leading Woman Marine Carla Cummings, of the Royal Bahamas Defence Force (RBDF) noted that the fair exceeded her expectations.

 

“I’m a bit surprised, I didn’t expect to see the amount of students here so early,” she said.

 

Cummings commented that it was very encouraging to see so many young men and women interested in pursuing positive careers, despite many people saying that our youth is “lost.”

 

She said that the students asked a great deal of questions, which the RBDF did their best to answer.

 

Marvin Rolle, District Education Officer for the Ministry of Education Science and Technology in Grand Bahama was also in attendance.  

 

He said that it was great to see the RBDF and the RBPF at the fair as well, because the country could use more good law enforcement officers. 

 

Several companies participated in the fair, including the Bahamian Brewery, The Bahamas National Trust, Bahama Rock Limited, Bradford Marine, Bahamas Technical and Vocational Institute (BTVI), the Freeport Container Port, Freeport Harbour Company, The Grand Bahamas Airport Company, the Grand Bahama Health Services, the Grand Bahama Port Authority (GBPA), the Grand Bahama Power Company, the Grand Bahama Utility Company, the Grand Bahama Shipyard Company, Pharmachem Technologies Grand Bahama Limited, Pineyard Steel, Quality Services, the Royal Bahamas Defense Force (RBPF), and The Royal Bahamas Police Force (RBPF). 

 

Published  Tuesday, January 24, 2017 

 

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