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|Posted by:||May 31st 2005, 01:14:29 pm|
|Fig Tree News Team||May 31, 2005
Commissioner Farquharson heads Caribbean Association
Bahamas' top cop awarded Certificate of Excellence for dedication, spirit
of cooperation, teamwork and motivation.
Commissioner of Police Paul Farquharson has been elected president of the
Association of Caribbean Commissioners of Police (ACCP) during their 20th
annual conference last week in St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands.
He was also awarded the Certificate of Excellence by U.S. Virgin Islands
Senator Pedro M. Incarnacion for his "dedication, spirit of cooperation,
teamwork and motivation."
And, the Englerston Urban Renewal Project team headed by Inspector Bruce
Arnett won an award for its innovative ways of community policing.
"This is a proud day for the Royal Bahamas Police Force and it is a
singular honour for me," said Commissioner Farquharson who will oversee the
ACCP's secretariat headquartered in Barbados.
"The Royal Bahamas Police Force is a leader in many respects," he added.
"Other commissioners feel that some of the innovative measures we undertake
in policing can be duplicated in their countries."
Mr. Farquharson, a founding member of the ACCP, was the unanimous choice to
replace Jamaica's Commissioner, Frances Forbes, who retired in January. He
is an advisor at the CARICOM Secretariat.
The ACCP also welcomed the Caribbean's first woman Commissioner of Police
Delano Christopher of Antigua and Barbuda.
The ACCP seeks to be the principal regional organization for promoting and
facilitating collaboration in the development and implementation of
policing strategies, systems and procedures.
"My colleagues in the Caribbean saw me at work and decided that at this
time I would be the best person to advance the objectives of the
organisation at the international level," said Mr Farquharson, a 40-year
In addition to Caricom countries, the ACCP comprises Aruba, Curacao, the
French Antilles and the overseas territories of the United States and Britain.
The theme of the conference was 'Protecting Our Tourism.' Barbados'
Commissioner Darwin Dottin was elected first vice president, Bermuda's
Commissioner Jonathan D. Smith, second vice president, and Anguilla's
Keithly Benjamin, treasurer.
"Bearing in mind the importance of the industry to the region, we as law
enforcement officers have a fundamental responsibility to ensure the safety
and security, not only of our citizens, but also of the many visitors to
our shores," said Mr. Farquharson.
Security and intelligence, especially as the region prepares for the world
cricket tour, is high priority, said Mr. Farquharson.
"We must advance very rapidly the regional intelligence sharing system that
all commissioners agreed must be put in place post haste to collate
intelligence on the world cricket tour slated for the Caribbean in 2007,"
he said. "That system we hope will be up and running shortly with the
approval of Caricom.
"We must have advance planning and intelligence that go along with the
police planning for these games. Caribbean commissioners have a very, very
big task preparing for these games which will take place in nine countries.
"Commissioners, therefore, must have a repository system in place for
intelligence as, there will be ideal opportunities for criminals,
terrorists and other unscrupulous persons who may wish to disrupt the games."
Among its core values, the ACCP supports human rights, gender and cultural
sensitivity, community partnerships, professional and ethical standards,
and commitment to quality service.
By Gladstone Thurston, Bahamas Information Services
us online at