'Tony' Hewitt lionised by members of the Force
Glenroy Sinclair, Assignment Coordinator
For many members of the police force, the late Anthony 'Tony' Hewitt was a teacher and mentor.
Today, some of those who learnt at his feet have matured into the finest crop of investigators currently serving the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) in the Criminal Investigation Bureau.
Outside of the JCF, many inner-city residents, remember 'Tony' Hewitt, as the father they never had, a confidante, an adviser and a friend.
Last week, as the police force struggled to cope with Hewitt's death, his mentees told The Sunday Gleaner that he was a man with an elephant-like memory, a master of his craft and one who impacted the lives of numerous people positively.
"He was like a mobile library. You could rely on him for critical information as it relates to criminals," said Superintendent Cornwall 'Bigga' Ford, who learnt his craft from Hewitt.
Ford, who now heads the downtown Kingston-based Flying Squad Unit, said it was Hewitt who taught him the art of gathering information and conducting an effective operation.
"While we were at Flying Squad, he would listen to the lowest of ranks. He was a great motivator, and at the time, did a good job of bridging the gap between senior officers and the rank and file. He was the best of the best. His death has left a vacuum," said Ford.
Retired Deputy Superintendent Althermoth 'Parro' Campbell believes Jamaica should recognise Hewitt, posthumously, for his yeoman service to the police force.
"I remember when we were at the Patrol Division in the early 1970s. Tony Hewitt was a corporal, Renato Adams was an acting corporal, and I was a constable, before Hewitt and I were transferred to Flying Squad." Campbell reminisced.
KNEW HOW TO TREAT OTHERS
He said among the numerous things that he learnt from Hewitt, was how to treat people without creating any division.
"Sometimes when you popped into Mr Hewitt's office while he was interviewing suspects or wanted persons, you would probably be fooled that they were his family or relatives because of the way he treated them.
"He would provide the best of lunch or whatever they requested that he could afford," added Campbell.
Deputy Superintendent (DSP) Meveral Smith, who is attached to the St Catherine South Division, served at the Flying Squad with Hewitt in the early 1980s.
"I am yet to see his second. When dispatching you on special assignments, he would provide you with detailed information that was so accurate, down to the last T," said Smith.
For Smith, the way Hewitt recorded and stored information was immaculate.
"Thirteen years after I left Flying Squad, he was able to pull one of his notebooks, look at his notes, then tell me about my progress over the period. This was when I was called to be informed that I was promoted to the rank of inspector," said Smith.
Donald Foggarty, another DSP who grew up under the watchful eyes of Hewitt while at Flying Squad, said the veteran taught him what it means to care for others.
"Being around him has helped me to be a better person. Mr Hewitt was a caring man who advised and taught you while on the job. He was very supportive of others," said Foggarty.
The retired senior officer was gunned down last Sunday, September 16, at the Donmair Apartments, off Red Hills Road, St Andrew. Four persons have since been taken into custody.
Last Friday, a family member confirmed that Hewitt will be buried following a thanksgiving service at the Boulevard Baptist Church on Washington Boulevard in St Andrew on Saturday, October 6. Interment will follow at the Dovecot Memorial Park in St Catherine.