#Freeport, Grand Bahama, June 26, 2018 – Bahamas – Police officers were thanked by Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, the Hon. K. Peter Turnquest on Monday, June 25, for once again hosting their annual Summer Camp. He said they do not know the impact, through helping to build integrity and character, that they are having on the young lives of the campers who come from East, West and Central Grand Bahama.
The sponsors were thanked, as the camp could not happen without the donations from corporate and private sponsors who help make it all possible. The campers were told that over the next six weeks they would have many new experiences and were encouraged by Deputy Prime Minister Turnquest to embrace them.
Using the letters in Police, he said everyone, especially police officers, need Prayer. Order, means following the rules and listening to what those in charge have to say; Loyalty in leadership and learning; Integrity by being honest; Courage and compassion; and Energy to be excited to take on the challenges of the day.
“Campers, I want you to enjoy these next six weeks. From what I hear about the programme, you have a very exciting six weeks. Take advantage of it, build new friendships, learn new skills…. You can do it.”
Deputy Prime Minister Turnquest again thanked the officers and said the camp means so much to the community. He likened the police force to politics by saying, “We have our challenges where in the community, there is a breakdown in trust. The public doesn’t trust politicians so they act a certain way. The community sometimes doesn’t trust the police, so they act in a certain way. This is an opportunity to bring the community to the full realization of what it means to be a police officer and your role; and to help these children to understand that we’re not here to penalize them, but we’re here to maintain order and to ensure that we have a society that everyone wants to live in.”
Photo Captions: The Police Force Summer Camp was officially opened by Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, the Hon. K. Peter Turnquest on Monday, June 25, 2018. The programme will run for six weeks with participants from East, West and Central Grand Bahama.
(BIS Photo/Lisa Davis)