The year was 1966. Thursday, April 21st. Elizabeth II, Queen of England, was celebrating her 40th birthday. Her Majesty was also delivering her Speech from the Throne as she opened a new session of the British Parliament. In her speech, a Queen’s honour, was bestowed on all the Police forces of the British Caribbean, which quite naturally included The Bahamas.

From April 21st., 1966, the Bahamas Police Force was to be officially entitled as the Royal Bahamas Police Force. All insignia for the Bahamas Police Force was to now carry the title Royal.

(The Nassau Tribune, Thursday April 21, 1966)

Commissioner of Police Nigel Morris, in 1966, came to the Bahamas in 1963 from England. Police commissioners prior to 1967 were all British. This was because the Governor, who was British appointed, was also in charge of the police force and national security. Governors directly appointed police commissioners.

(The Nassau Tribune, Thursday April 21, 1966)

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