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Westmoreland Police division gets new commanding officer

Published:Saturday | January 16, 2016 | 1:53 AM

The Westmoreland Police, which recorded a more than 100 per cent increase in murders last year, has a new commanding officer.

He is Deputy Superintendent David Whyte, who replaces Superintendent Beau Rigabie.

According to police statistics, 100 persons were reported killed in Westmoreland up to mid-December last year, 113 per cent more than the 47 murders recorded for the corresponding period in 2014.

Rigabie has been re-assigned to head the St Thomas Police, replacing Superintendent Charmaine Shand, who has been transferred to the Jamaica Constabulary Force’s administration portfolio.

The transfers were part of the shake-up in leadership of several police formations, which was announced by Police Commissioner Dr Carl Williams yesterday.

As part of the changes, Assistant Commissioner Donovan Graham will take over from Assistant Commissioner Kevin Blake as head of the Area Three Police, which covers the parishes of Clarendon, Manchester and St Elizabeth.

Superintendent Arthur Brown, commanding officer for the East Kingston Police, is set to replace Senior Superintendent Richard Stewart as head of the St Andrew South Police.

Superintendent Lennox Harper, who is attached to the St Andrew South Police, is to replace Brown in East Kingston.

Williams also announced that Senior Superintendent Berthan o’Connor has been appointed to lead the newly-created Legal Affairs Division.