Changing of the guard
Portland now has a new commanding officer in the person of Deputy Superintendent of Police Rex Swearing, who assumed duties following the retirement of Superintendent Oberline Smith-White, who served for just under a year.
Smith-White, who was the first female commanding officer for the parish which holds the distinction of being the safest parish, was the toast of a grand send-off party organised by the business community at Cliff Hanger Restaurant and Lounge at Ross Craig. In attendance were Assistant Commissioner of Police Glenford Hudson and Member of Parliament Daryl Vaz.
"Today, we witnessed a change of the guard," commented Hudson. "Our female colleague served with distinction and there is clear indication that she marshalled her troops brilliantly during her tenure. We hail her for her commitment, dedication, and outstanding service, "he added.
Smith-White, who pointed out that she fell in love with the parish, urged support for the new commanding officer as there is a great need to preserve the peace and quiet of the pristine parish.
"It was an honour to serve the people of this beautiful parish, "she said.
"I am thankful for the support given to me, which guaranteed the safety of citizens. I leave with no regrets as it was my passion to serve, protect, and reassure the people of this police division, "she said.
Smith-White served the Jamaica Constabulary Force for approximately 42 years.