PORT MARIA, St Mary:
Two new commanding officers, including St Mary's first female police chief, have been assigned to the Area Two division, following a radical reshuffle of several high-ranking members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force.
Outgoing police chief Superintendent Dean Johnson will be replaced by the parish's first female commanding officer, Superintendent Stephanie Lindsay-Clarke. He served the parish for 18 months and will be heading to Mobile Reserve.
Similarly, after two years and eight months heading Area Two, which comprises St Mary, St Ann and Portland, Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Ealan Powell is to return to the Criminal Investigation Branch and will be replaced by Senior Superintendent Glenford Hudson.
ACP Powell noted that Hudson and Lindsay-Clarke would respectively inherit the safest division and best community police unit in the country.
He told The Gleaner: "I think there is need for change, and so that's what we're seeing. Senior Superintendent Hudson, who will replace me, served as my deputy here and is already familiar with the area.
"A commanding officer has also been appointed for St Mary, Superintendent Lindsay-Clarke, who will arrive on Thursday, January 15. It will be her first command and make her probably the first woman to head St Mary."
"This year, we have seen a tremendous reduction in all categories of crime, and I'd want to see the same thing next year. Over time, people will start believing in the police, and when they do, the fear of crime will subside. It's not an event, but a continuous work in progress that takes time."