James Golding has always had the dream of becoming head of the Island Special Constabulary Force (ISCF).
After 31 years in the law-enforcement organisation, Golding last Saturday took over the reins from outgoing commandant, Osmond Bromfield, as new commandant at a change of command parade that was held at the ISCF headquarters, Harman Barracks, in Kingston.
"You have to change with the times because criminals are finding hi-tech and sophisticated ways to deviate the law and so we will have to become relevant as a force, get with the times and change some of our methods in tackling emerging situations," Golding told The Gleaner.
He added: "What I want to do first and foremost is to build a capacity where I can get persons trained, whether young or old, and build their level and prepare them for what is ahead. My aim is to see us becoming a 21st century police force."
Merger not a problem
In his address shortly after taking over the reins as commandant, Golding also reassured the public that there should be no problem if there is a merger between the Island Special Constabulary Force and the Jamaica Constabulary Force.
"I promise, should there be a merger, there will be no need to fear; everything will be done through an equitable process. What we need to focus on is how we can best serve the people and ensure that we live up to the promise of serving, reassuring and protecting our people," he charged.
Deputy Commandant Calvin Allen voiced his confidence in Golding, saying that he will do nothing less than a good job.
"There is no doubt in that you will do an excellent job. If you are an actor you will do a good job because you start your shows very well," Allen said.
He added: "We respect, admire and salute you, and you will have our support as you seek to conquer new challenges."