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Bahamas called to repentance as police attend worship service to start the year

by: Jaimie Smith, News Reporter - Published Monday, February 8, 2016

The Royal Bahamas Police Force (RBPF) assembled in unity with various members of the clergy throughout the island for the Grand Bahama and Northern District Annual Law Enforcement Church Service and Parade. 

In attendance, in solidarity with the RBPF, were members of the Royal Bahamas Defense Force, Bahamas Customs Department, Bahamas Immigration Department and the Road Traffic Department.  

Held at the Church of God Temple on Peach Tree Street, the service was well attended by all officers of the various departments as well as other government officials, including Member of Parliament for Central Grand Bahama, Neko Grant and Minister for Grand Bahama and Member of Parliament for Pineridge, Dr. Michael Darville, who shared remarks of behalf of his colleague, Minister of National Security, Dr. Bernard Nottage, who was unable to attend. 

Offering the sermon during the service was senior pastor of Upper Zion Baptist Church, Michael Pinder. 

Quoting scripture Genesis 4:8-9, under the topic, ‘Murder in the first degree,’ Pinder relayed a compelling sermon, one which received a standing ovation at the conclusion.  

He noted, “The Bahamas has sinned and we are in need of repentance.” 

Pinder encouraged those in attendance to turn to God and repent of all sins and wrongdoings, acknowledging that none is without sin. 

Senior Assistant Commissioner of Police for Grand Bahama and the Northern Bahamas District,  Emrick Seymour, along with Assistant Comptroller of Customs, Jerry Martin, and Assistant Director of Immigration,   Hubert E. Ferguson made an offertory presentation to the president of the Grand Bahama Christian Council, Rev. Peter Pinder.

“This offering here, today, from the Grand Bahama and Northern Bahamas District is to assist you and the Grand Bahama Christian Council in the initiative, in a positive level as you seek to continue to spread the gospel.” 

Notably absent was Commissioner of Police Ellison Greenslade; however, Seymour informed the congregation that the COP expressed sincere apologies for not attending the service. 

“He sends his most profound regrets as to why he is not here this evening. His job is not an easy one. As the head of the law enforcement agency, his is a very difficult task. He is unable to be with us, because he is attending to national security business in Nassau at the moment. Please continue to pray for the Commissioner of Police ... his is not an easy task and he works assiduously for the Bahamian people,”?said Seymour. 

Pinder thanked Seymour, the RBPF and other government entities on behalf of the GB Christian Council for their kind gesture.

Darville in his remarks noted that the government will continue to do all it its power to assist the RBPF in their fight against crime.

“I want to acknowledge my colleague Neko Grant. When Pastor Michael Pinder was preaching, he spoke about crime, Neko Grant, and myself, as Minister for Grand Bahama, we are on one accord when it comes to fighting crime in our country.

“It is my pleasure to be a part of this Annual Church Service for the RBPF,”?said Darville.

“As police officers you are charged with the mandate to serve and protect the residents of Grand Bahama and the Northern Region, you put your lives at risk on a daily basis so that we as citizens in the Northern region can sleep peacefully. On behalf of the government and the people of the Northern Bahamas, we appreciate you and we sincerely thank you for your commitment to us all.”

Upon the conclusion of the service the members of the various uniformed governmental departments joined the RBPF in their annual parade to the police headquarters.


Published  Monday, February 8, 2016


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