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Mia advises: Balance skills

Sheria Brathwaite, sheriabrathwaite@nationnews.com

Added 21 September 2019


Prime Minister Mia Mottley and Attorney General Dale Marshall (partly hidden) yesterday greeting members of the Royal Barbados Police Force being deployed to The Bahamas. (Picture by Lennox Devonish.)

Police and military personnel deployed to Abaco, Grand Bahama and other Bahamian islands ravaged by Hurricane Dorian must balance their technical skills and soft skills during aid operations, advised Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley yesterday.

She shared the advice during her address to a contingent of 36 Regional Security System (RSS) police ranks being sent to The Bahamas. Police from Antigua, St Kitts, St Lucia and Barbados make up the contingent being deployed.

“When you go to Nassau and the other islands of The Bahamas, recognise that you are going in a situation of great difficulty for most people. Not just those who were in Abaco and Grand Bahama, but the entire nation of The Bahamas have been affected by this.

“Put yourself in their position. Whenever patience is required, exercise it. Whenever tolerance is required, exercise it. Whenever firmness is required, hold to a line and always remember that we are there to help and to understand. None of us would want to be in the position of many of the people that have been left homeless or that have lost members of their families,” said Mottley.

The Prime Minister told the officers they had a great responsibility in helping the citizens of The Bahamas get on their feet again, adding that by stepping up to the plate they were showcasing bravery.

“We ask that you go and make us proud by playing your part in helping a member of our family get back on their feet as soon as possible and when you do it remember that because of your strength more will be required of you than otherwise in other situations because of the horror the situation,” she added.

The ceremony was held at the RSS hangar at the Grantley Adams International Airport, Christ Church. (SB)

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