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My Life Today with Elaine E. Sands

From the Archives -- Published March 23, 2007

Elaine E. Sands, wife, mother, church worker, and police officer. Elaine Sands is an outstanding member of the Royal Bahamas Police Force. On March 22, 2007, Elaine Sands was promoted to the rank of Superintendent of Police. She is also officer in charge of the police community relations section at Police Headquarters, East Street Nassau. As the highest ranking Adventist police officer on the force, she represents the church and her God in a dignified way on a daily bases.

Although Superintendent Sands was born in Nassau, her parents sent her to live for a few years in Cat Island, a quiet Bahamian island, with her grand aunt and uncle, Leon and Lucinda Banister, who were members of the Adventist Church in Bennetts Harbor, Cat Island. They wanted her to begin her education on that island. While living there, she accepted Jesus as her personal Savior and got baptized at age eleven.

Elaine has been married to Leevan Sands, a retired police officer, for twenty-six years. They have four children. Two are in college abroad and one just completed college in Alabama. Their last child is in grade school. Elaine is an active member of the Centreville Seventh-day Adventist Church, Nassau where she serves as an usher. When you go to church on Sabbath morning, you will be greeted by her warm smile and her friendly spirit.

As the officer in charge of community relations, Elaine is responsible for the domestic violence intervention and prevention training for all police officers and front line workers. She also conducts follow-up on domestic matters reported to the police. She is also responsible for integrating relevant law enforcement and social agencies into active partnership in the fight against domestic violence.

Superintendent Sands has a passion for serving people and helping those who are hurting. She is a humble, warm, friendly, kind, and generous Adventist Christian. She is actively involved in many community projects helping to fight against crime and conducting seminars about domestic violence all over The Bahamas. She has received extensive training in domestic violence education from the University of South Florida and the Northern Caribbean University.

Superintendent Sands hobbies are listening to contemporary gospel music, sports, and helping others.

Mrs. Sands joined the royal Bahamas Police Force on June 9, 1976 and steadily moved through the ranks from Constable to an Assistant Superintendent of Police. Her hard work and dedication is indicative of the fact that she received awards fro meritorious service, long service and good conduct.

She received the worldwide Certified Managers designation from the institute of Certified Professional Managers in Virginia, in conjunction with the College of the Bahamas. She is also a certified First Aid Instructor and has recently received a post graduate certificate in Criminal Justice and Police Management from Bramshill Police Training College in conjunction with Leicester University, England, where she also graduated as valedictorian. Superintendent Sands holds an Associate of Arts degree in Human Resources Management, with honours.

She is one of the official Domestic Violence Intervention and Prevention Trainer for the Police Force. She received her Domestic Violence Intervention Training at the University of the West Indies, Jamaica and the Harrel Centre for the study of Family Violence at the University of South Florida, College of Public Health, Davie, Florida. She travels throughout the Commonwealth of the Bahamas conducting workshops and seminars. She also conducts follow-up on domestic complaints and juvenile matters.

She is the mother of four (4) children as was married for 26 years to a former Police Officer. She has two sons and two daughters. Her eldest son holds the National record for the Bahamas in Triple Jump: is a bronze medalist in the 2003 World Games held in Paris, France, he is also an Olympian and a graduate of Auburn University, Alabama. The second son and eldest daughter are both pursuing degrees abroad and the last daughter is in grade school.