The Royal Bahamas Defence Force (RBDF) took a significant stride towards leadership excellence with the initiation of the Divisional Officers Leadership and Management Course 2024 at HMBS Coral Harbour. Spanning from January 29 to February 12, 2024, this course brought together participants from various branches of law enforcement, including the RBDF, Royal Bahamas Police Force (RBPF), Customs, Immigration, and Corrections Department.

Under the theme “Training and Developing Future Leaders,” the course aimed to equip junior and middle management officers with advanced leadership and management skills essential for effectively guiding their subordinates. Captain Micheal Simmons, the course director, orchestrated a curriculum that integrated theoretical knowledge with practical experiences, fostering a comprehensive understanding of leadership and management principles among the participants.

The program featured presentations from both government and non-governmental agencies, promoting cooperation and collaboration among the diverse represented agencies. Activities such as visits to the Morgue, Bahamas Agriculture and Marine Science Institute (BAMSI), and the Bahamas Department of Corrections Facility expanded participants’ learning experiences with real-world insights.

A highlight of the course included hands-on training at the Firing Range, providing participants with the opportunity to use weapons to enhance their operational skills. Luncheons were organized to facilitate interaction with senior officers, including Deputy Commander Defence Force, Captain Shondell Pinder, Captain Coral Harbour, Captain Glenn McPhee, and Base Executive Officer, Commander Origin Delevaux.

A crucial aspect of the course involved a public speaking exercise, that challenged each participant to research and present on historical events and leaders, thereby honing their research and public speaking abilities. The course is set to conclude on February 12, 2024, at the HMBS Coral Harbour Base Training Auditorium, celebrating the accomplishments of the participants and the successful completion of the program.

Commodore Raymond King continues to emphasize the RBDF’s commitment to strengthening collaboration with local law enforcement and regional partners, aiming to enhance operational effectiveness and readiness for a secure and stable Bahamas. As the RBDF continues to invest in personnel development, this Leadership and Management Course serves as a testament to its dedication to cultivating the next generation of leaders capable of navigating the complex challenges of the future.

Photographer: Marine Seaman Rickey Sealey

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