Ministry of National Security the Hon. Marvin Dames was among those present for the Bahamas Unmanned Aerial System (BUAS) Heads of National Law Enforcement Agencies (HONLEA) Contract Signing Ceremony, on December 16, 2019, HMBS Coral Harbour Base. Among those in attendance were Permanent Secretary Eugene Poitier; Heads of National Law Enforcement Agencies, including Commissioner of Police Anthony Ferguson, Acting Commander of the Royal Bahamas Defence Force Captain Raymond King, Commissioner of Correctional Services Charles Murphy, Comptroller of Customs Dr. Geannine Moss, and Director of Immigration Clarence A. Russell; US Embassy Charge d’Affaires Stephanie Bowers; senior members of the uniformed branches of Government and other Government officials; President and Chief Strategy Officer of Swift Engineering, Inc., Rick Heise; and other stakeholders.
The contract is between the Government of The Bahamas and the California-based Swift Engineering, Inc., for the purchase of about 55 aerial drones that will be used in bolstering The Bahamas’ law enforcement arsenal against crime, as well as for possible rescue missions, assistance in ocean and land patrols and protection. Minister Dames said that the short and medium range drones would be expected to be in use throughout “the length and breadth of The Bahamas,” and noted that the purchase included the training of Bahamians.