Bahamas Police Call For Off-Duty Officers to Be Armed

Bahamas Police Force

The Police Staff Association (PSA) plans to press the Bahamas Government and the hierarchy of the police force to allow all officers to be armed when off-duty due to a police officer being shot six times over the weekend.

PSA executive chairman Sergeant Darrell Weir said the PSA will no longer “bury its head in the sand” while criminal activity threatens officers’ lives.

Mr. Weir stated at a press conference at PSA headquarters on Tuesday that they are of the view that this should spark serious consideration with regards to officers being allowed to be armed on a 24-hour basis,”

As it stands, many officers in the lower ranks are not allowed to carry guns home after their shifts are officially over.

Wilfred Christopher Atherley, a corporal with more than 20 years of service on the police force was attacked around 10:30 p.m. on Saturday.

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