KINGSTON, Jamaica - As Jamaica’s new police commissioner, Dr. Carl Williams takes command of the Service; there has been a strategic shift in the administration of the force with the redeployment of fourteen Senior Officers to better police the island and ensure accountability to Jamaicans.
The transfers which took effect on the 1st of October 2014, reflects an important shift in the persons who command various key areas of the Service, in line with the new policy direction of Commissioner Williams.
“We have to ensure that officers from the ground level to my office are held accountable for everything they do. Managers at the different levels in the Force will manage in accordance with these policies and protocols and hold their juniors accountable, so that in turn, we can be accountable to the people of Jamaica,” the Commissioner said.
At his swearing in Dr. Williams pointed out that in order to respond to the new challenges, the police “must be prepared to make changes in our way of thinking and our modus operandi that will result in the transformation of our organisational culture.”
The following are the changes in the police command:
1. Deputy Commissioner of Police, Novelette Grant who was appointed to that rank on Thursday, October 2, will now head the Administration Portfolio.
2. Deputy Commissioner of Police, Glenmore Hinds from the Operations Portfolio to Crime Portfolio.
3. Deputy Commissioner of Police, Clifford Blake from Administration Portfolio to Operations Portfolio.
4. Assistant Commissioner of Police, Warren Clarke from Area 1 Headquarters to Border and Vital Infrastructure Security (BVIS).
5. Assistant Commissioner of Police, Kevin Blake from the National Intelligence Bureau (NIB) to Area 3 Headquarters.
6. Assistant Commissioner of Police, Derrick Knight from Area 3 Headquarters to Area 5 Headquarters. 7. Assistant Commissioner of Police, Wray Palmer from Operations Branch to the Inspectorate of Constabulary (IOC).
8. Assistant Commissioner of Police, Assan Thompson from BVIS to Operations Branch.
9. Assistant Commissioner of Police, Carlton Wilson from IOC to NIB.
10. Assistant Commissioner of Police, Paul Ferguson from IOC to Area 1 Headquarters.
11. Senior Superintendent of Police, Egbert Parkins from St. James Division to Area 2 Headquarters.
12. Senior Superintendent of Police, Anthony Castelle from the St. Catherine North Division to Area 5 Headquarters.
13. Superintendent of Police, Derrick Champagnie from Area 1 Headquarters to St. James Division.
14. Superintendent of Police, Merrick Watson from the St. Thomas Division to the National Police College of Jamaica (NPCJ).
In the meantime, Commissioner Williams, says he will be working with his Deputies to streamline operations in the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF), to ensure accountability to Jamaicans.
Dr. Williams argued that a lot of the problems in the Force is as a result of “breakdown in accountability structures at some level,” adding that while they have done a good job in many areas, it is mainly the negative areas are amplified and that determines Jamaicans’ perception of the Force.
“The expectations from Jamaicans are very high, and I intend to work with my command team to ensure that we do all that we need to do to lift the cloud of doubt and change the perception of Jamaicans,” the Commissioner assured.