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Anderson could seek army help in JCF reform

Published:Monday | March 19, 2018 | 12:00 AMArthur Hall/Associate Editor
Major General Antony Anderson (right) and acting Commissioner of Police Clifford Blake peruse documents after Prime Minister Andrew Holness announced a state of public emergency in the St Catherine North Police Division yesterday. Anderson will become the new police commissioner today.

New police commissioner could look to the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) to bolster his management team as he takes office.

There is growing speculation that former head of the JDF, Major General Antony Anderson, will look to his former colleagues for help when he takes over as commissioner of police today.

Among the first tasks that Anderson will have to tackle is filling two vacancies that exist at the top level of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF).

The new commissioner, who takes office without the pomp associated with some installation ceremonies in the past, will have two clear vacancies in the deputy commissioner ranks that he will be able to make recommendations to fill.

The JCF has been short two deputy commissioners since Novelette Grant, who was in charge of administration and support services, and Wray Palmer, who was in charge of the Inspectorate of the constabulary, retired earlier this year.

Anderson will also have to decide on the role of the other deputy commissioners Clifford Blake, who is slated to return to his substantive post in charge of operations today, and Selvin Haye, who heads the crime and security portfolio.

Last week, sources close to the police force told The Gleaner that with Anderson being given a mandate to lead the reform of the JCF, it would come as no surprise if he was to seek to second persons from the JDF to help him in key roles.

Anderson has been tight-lipped about his plans since being selected by the Police Service Commission to lead the force, but with a reputation of performance to protect, it is expected that he will be allowed to put together the team that he wants.