Statement from Prime Minister Davis on the Passing of Retired Assistant Commissioner of Police, Mr. Paul Rupert Thompson

On behalf of my wife, Ann Marie, and myself, I wish to express our deepest condolences on the passing of retired Assistant Commissioner of Police, Mr. Paul Rupert Thompson. His departure marks the loss of not just a pillar in our law enforcement community but a cherished member of our national family.

Paul’s journey from the village of Cunupia in Trinidad to becoming a stalwart of the Royal Bahamas Police Force is a narrative of courage, aspiration, and unwavering dedication. When he chose to answer the call to service in The Bahamas, he not only embarked on a career that would span nearly four decades but also began laying the groundwork for a legacy that would influence countless lives and the very fabric of our society.

Throughout his distinguished service, Paul exemplified the highest ideals of public service and commitment to the safety and security of our nation. His work in the Criminal Investigation Department, and his ascension to the rank of Assistant Commissioner, showcased his exceptional skill, dedication, and integrity. The numerous national and international commendations he received, including the Queen’s Police Medal and the Colonial Police Medal, are a testament to his significant contributions and the respect he garnered both at home and abroad.

More than his professional accolades, Paul was a man who deeply cherished his roots while embracing and enriching Bahamian culture. His efforts to bridge Caribbean cultures brought a wealth of experiences and understanding that strengthened the bonds within our community. His autobiography, “A Policeman’s Story,” stands as a beacon of his legacy, offering insights into the challenges and triumphs of law enforcement and national development.

Ann Marie and I share in the sorrow of Paul’s family, friends, and colleagues. In this time of loss, we reflect on his remarkable life and the indelible mark he has left on The Bahamas. We celebrate his enduring spirit, his contributions to our nation, and the example he set for all of us.

As we mourn the passing of this great man, let us also find comfort in the memories of his dedication, kindness, and the love he shared with so many. His legacy will forever inspire us to strive for excellence, uphold our shared values, and work together for the betterment of our nation.

May his soul rest in peace, and may his loved ones find solace in the outpouring of admiration and respect that Paul Rupert Thompson so rightly deserves.