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Ellison Greenslade, Commissioner of Police

Ellison Edroy Greenslade was appointed the sixth Commissioner of Police in an independent Bahamas on the 4th January 2010. He served as the Acting Deputy Commissioner of Police from 1st of January of 2009 upon completion of a one year secondment with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in Canada.

Commissioner Greenslade joined the Executive Management Team of the force upon being promoted to the rank of Assistant Commissioner of Police in July of 2000 after serving in a number of Divisional command positions in The Royal Bahamas Police Force. Upon his promotion, in 2000, he was transferred to Freeport, Grand Bahama, where he led a team of 430 sworn officers, 120 Reservists, and 15 civilian support staff members. His portfolio for The Northern Bahamas included Grand Bahama, Abaco, Bimini, and The Berry Islands. Commissioner Greenslade spent seven years in this post and this gave him the distinction of being the longest serving District Commander for The Northern Bahamas. During his tenure in The Northern Bahamas, he received national acclaim for his leadership role during the investigations into the mysterious disappearance of five young boys and the search and rescue operations in the aftermath of hurricanes Frances (2004), Jeanne (2004), and Wilma (2005).

In March of 2007, Commissioner Greenslade was promoted to the rank of Senior Assistant Commissioner of Police and transferred back to the capital, Nassau Bahamas, where he assumed the portfolio for Crime, Information Technology and Communications.

Born in Nassau, Bahamas, Commissioner Greenslade attended primary schools in Cedar Harbor Abaco, Lovely Bay Acklins, Kemp's Bay Andros, Knowles Cat Island, and Stephen Dillette Nassau. He received his secondary and high school education at S.C. McPherson Junior High, and the Government High School in Nassau, New Providence.

During the summer of 1979, prior to completing of his studies at Government High School, he entered the Bahamas Police Academy as a recruit constable. In November, of the same year, he graduated at the top of his class thereby winning the coveted Baton of Honor.

Upon graduation Commissioner Greenslade continued studies on a part time basis. He subsequently obtained an Associate's Degree in Business Administration from The College of The Bahamas and went on to complete a number of executive level courses in professional studies in The United Kingdom, Canada, and The United States of America. These courses include: Senior Police Administration (SPAC- RCMP Canada in 1994), International Commanders program- (ICP- Bramshill UK in 1997), International Strategic Leadership program – (ISLP – Bramshill UK in 2005) and a wide range of Law Enforcement courses in The USA. He is the holder of a postgraduate certificate, in police management and criminal justice, from The University of Leicester, UK, and also holds an MBA degree from The University of Miami from which he graduated in 1997 with honors. Commissioner Greenslade has completed a third of the requirements for the award of a doctoral degree in organizational Management and leadership studies at the University of Phoenix, Arizona, USA.

Commissioner Greenslade has received several honors throughout his career including The Queen’s Police Medal (QPM) for distinguished police service and the Prime Minister’s Above and Beyond award from The Right Honorable Prime Minister, Hubert A. Ingraham. . In October of 2006, he was commended by His Excellency, The Governor General of The Commonwealth of The Bahamas, during an award ceremony at Government House, for distinguished service in saving lives during a natural disaster.

Commissioner Greenslade is also the recipient of the Police Force’s medals for meritorious service, long service, and good conduct. In 2003 he was selected Boss of The Year for the Island of Grand Bahama and in early 2006 received the communications and leadership award from Toastmaster International for exemplary leadership.

On the 12th June 2011, Commissioner Greenslade was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters Degree by Sojourner- Douglas College, Baltimore, USA, for exemplary Police Leadership and for his contributions to The Communities of The Bahamas.

Commissioner Greenslade has membership in a number of international organizations including The International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), The National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Officials (NOBLE), and The IACP Communications and Technology Committee. He is a current member of to the Executive Committee of the International Association of Chiefs of Police and is in his third term in this position.

Commissioner Greenslade is a Distinguished President with The Kiwanis Clubs of The Bahamas and received the Kiwanian of The Year award in 2005. He also serves as a Trustee with the Royal Bahamas Police Force Dependants Trust.

Commissioner Greenslade was elected as the President of the Association of Caribbean Commissioners of Police (ACCP) during May of 2010 and was re-elected for three consecutive terms. He now serves as the immediate Past President.

Commissioner Greenslade is also a member of the Advisory Board of The Salvation Army, Bahamas.

Commissioner Greenslade pioneered automation and a number of other innovations in The Royal Bahamas Police Force and has to his credit the design and first production of the credit card size driver's licence which is now in use in The Bahamas.

Commissioner Greenslade and his family worships at St. Mary's Anglican Church in Nassau. He is married to Kimberly Greenslade nee Morley, an Assistant Manager with The Ministry of Tourism, and is the proud father of four sons and a daughter.

Ellison E. Greenslade, Dr.h.c., MBA, QPM
Commissioner or Police
Royal Bahamas Police Force
East Street
P.O.Box N 458
Nassau, Bahamas
Phone: (242)302-8377/ 376-2080 (cell)

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