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Retired SSP says High Command also failed if Commissioner failed

Published:Wednesday | December 28, 2016 | 12:34 AM
Retired Senior Superintendent of Police, Radcliffe Lewis argues that the next top cop cannot be drawn from current hierarchy if it is believed that the outgoing commissioner, Dr Karl Williams, was a failure.

Retired Senior Superintendent of Police, Radcliffe Lewis, has called for a shake-up of the top brass of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) to deal effectively with the crime problem.

The former SSP is joining those calling for the JCF to look outside its ranks for a new police commissioner.

Lewis argues that the next top cop cannot be drawn from current hierarchy if it is believed that the outgoing commissioner, Dr Carl Williams, was a failure.

He says if the commissioner has failed, then those who occupy the current high command also failed and, therefore, would not be qualified to lead the force.

 

Noting that he is not calling for a commissioner from overseas, Lewis says someone outside of the JCF is needed to make radical changes in the top rank of the force.

His preference is for a member of the Jamaica Defence Force to lead the Constabulary.

However, he says the new commissioner's focus would have to switch to overhauling the hierarchy unlike predecessors, who he says were heavily focused on the rank and file.

The frank talking Lewis says the current top brass of the JCF does not have the "guts" to make the changes necessary in the hierarchy.

He says the next commissioner has to be tough on the high command and insist that they deliver results.

Lewis says although the JCF has in its ranks cops who are academically qualified to lead, the Constabulary needs people who know how to manage crime.

 

Retired Senior Superintendent of Police, Radcliffe Lewis speaking with The Gleaner-Power-106 News Centre

The retired SSP says he has no interest in the post of commissioner, as he has no desire to work with the current JCF hierarchy.