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THE BAHAMAS – Originally from Bannerman Town Eleuthera, Salathiel Thompson completed schooling in Nassau joining the police force in 1937.

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THE BAHAMAS – Originally from Bannerman Town Eleuthera, Salathiel Thompson completed schooling in Nassau joining the police force in 1937.
The following year he was posted to C.I.D. where he remained for 15 years. He moved up the ranks from constable to sergeant, then on to prosecuting sergeant from 1953 to 1955.

It was then on to the Police Training School until 1957. Soon, Thompson was off to a prosecutor’s course in Jamaica.
On returning to Nassau, it was back to the court for a stint.

By the time he entered gazetted ranks, Mr. Thompson’s first post was officer-in-charge of the southern division later to central division.

In 1965, he was promoted to superintendent in charge of New Providence.

Next came a stint as officer in charge of Grand Bahama. He was transferred between Grand Bahama and Nassau, several times.
On June 1st 1973, he was appointed commissioner, The first Bahamian commissioner in the Commonwealth of The Bahamas.

Within his decorated career, he received the Colonial Police Long Service, the Queen’s police medal presented during Her Majesty’s visit to Nassau in 1985, and the companion of the Most Distinguished Order of St. Michael and St. George 1978. He was also awarded The Bahamas Order of Merit.

Salathiel Thompson died on October 21, 2020 at 84 years old.

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