Photo shows: Commander Defence Force, Commodore Raymond King presenting Grade 2 Immigration Officer Eva Knowles with a certificate following a two-day Subject Matter Expert Exchange seminar on November 23, 2020 at HMBS CORAL HARBOUR. Also shown are members of the RBDF Executive and Senior Command Team along with Chief Immigration Officer Harold Thurston and seminar coordinator, Force Chief Petty Officer Terrance Smith. (RBDF photo by Woman marine Myiesha Gibson)

In keeping with the Commander Defence Force, Commodore Raymond King’s vision of developing a Professional and High-Performance Workforce focused on Performance Excellence, more than fifty (50) representatives from partnering Law Enforcement Agencies completed a two-day Subject Matter Expert Exchange Seminar on Tuesday, November 24, 2020, at HMBS CORAL HARBOUR.

In attendance at the seminar were representatives from the Royal Bahamas Defence and Police Forces, Bahamas Customs and Immigration Departments. This event aims at strengthening friendships, relationships, and partnerships, ensuring interoperability and enhanced levels of coordination, and facilitating the necessary transfer of knowledge among the various agencies.

Commodore Raymond King, the principal speaker at the closing ceremony, spoke briefly on the goals of the seminar. He further conveyed his gratitude to the Heads of the various Law Enforcement agencies for allowing the men and women to participate in the timely session, and also his Officers and Marines for a splendid workshop.

“The critical collaborative exercise was designed to improve our levels of coordination, consensus building, and cooperation against the scourge of illicit drug trafficking, arms and ammunition smuggling, migrant and human trafficking, as well as illegal, unregulated, and unreported fishing within our domain which threatens the stability, peace, and security that we enjoy”, said Commodore King.

As the Royal Bahamas Defence Force continues to defend the territorial waters of The Bahamas, the Commander Defence Force reiterated that to effectively combat transnational criminal activities, the exchange of knowledge and expertise among the various agencies are important commodities. He also noted the three objectives achieved during the seminar, which included Operational Congruence, Operational Readiness and Operational Efficiency. The coordinator of the seminar was Lieutenant Commander Origin Deleveaux and the RBDF Training Staff. 

Certificates were presented to participants at the conclusion of the ceremony.

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