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Senior cops shuffled

Published:Tuesday | July 2, 2019 | 12:00 AM
Senior Superintendent Vendolyn Cameron-Powell.

The Police High Command yesterday reassigned several divisional heads, among them Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Vendolyn Cameron-Powell, whose tenure in the gritty Clarendon Division has come under scrutiny.

Cameron-Powell, who had served Clarendon for four years, will take up a new posting at the Services Branch.

Meanwhile, SSP Glenford Miller, who helmed the St Andrew North Division, will take charge of Clarendon.

Supt Samuel Morgan will leave the Services Branch to take over from Supt Catherine Lord as commanding officer for St Elizabeth.

Lord is to take up a position at the Inspectorate of the Constabulary.

Additionally, Supt Leonardo Brown moves from the Services Branch to the newly formed Technology Branch, while the St Andrew North Division will be led by Supt Leighton Gray.

“The strategic rotation of managers is a normal practice in the Jamaica Constabulary Force from time to time. It is a natural part of how we look at how best to direct resources,” said Deputy Superintendent of Police Dahlia Garrick, who yesterday downplayed suggestions that the force was weeding women out from leadership positions.

Lewis blasts Cameron-Powell

Last week, Radcliffe Lewis, a retired SSP and former Clarendon commander, blasted Cameron-Powell’s leadership, noting that the challenges posed by marauding gunmen in the parish would be better addressed by a male commander.

Clarendon has recorded more than 70 murders, and at least 55 shooting incidents, including a brazen midday robbery by heavily armed thugs in May Pen last May.

Yesterday, Lewis’ utterances were rubbished by several female law enforcers who questioned his competence when he, too, came under pressure from gunmen in the parish.

“Females head several police divisions and there are several other non-geographical locations such as CISOCA (Centre for the Investigation of Sexual Offences and Child Abuse), which are headed by females. So I really think that argument put forward by Lewis is really unfortunate,” said Garrick, listing the female heads of five of the 19 police divisions. Police Area Three is also headed by a female, she said.

In the meantime, Assistant Commissioners of Police Calvin Allen and Gary Welsh are to trade places. Welsh will take up the position as head of the Public Safety and Traffic Enforcement Branch, while Allen will take command of the Operations Branch.