Glenroy Sinclair, Assignment Coordinator
AT LEAST six senior officers of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) received an early Christmas gift in the form of promotions by Police Commissioner Owen Ellington. Among them is one of the country's leading crime fighters, Cornwall 'Bigga' Ford.
The officers - Richard Stewart, Andrew Lewis, Noel Christie, Bertland O'Connor and Clifford Chambers - were all promoted from the ranks of superintendents to senior superintendents. The promotions became effective last Saturday.
"I am giving God thanks because great things he has done," said Ford, who stressed that come next year, he will be taking an intense, strategic approach to help reduce the level of crime in the country.
Undoubtedly, one of the most popular front-line crime fighters, SSP Ford is currently the head of the Flying Squad Unit, which is based in downtown Kingston.
A delighted Noel Christie said he was pleased that the Police High Command had reposed such confidence in him by granting the promotion.
"I will continue to be an effective manager, with special focus on training my juniors," said SSP Christie, who is the divisional commander for Trelawny.
Clifford Chambers has been given the task to head the Organised Crime Investigation Division (OCID).
"I am going to OCID to build on what they have achieved there," commented Chambers, who said he would be motivating and empowering his staff.
SSP Richard Stewart said he felt a sense of achievement through his latest promotion.
"I will continue the hard work of building the administrative capacity of the JCF," added Stewart.
Head of the St James Division, SSP Andrew Lewis, says promotion is always good, but right now, he is focusing on strategies to ensure that the residents of St James are safe.
"When I look at the hard work and long hours that I put in, I am feeling satisfied and happy," said Bertland O'Connor of the JCF's Legal Counsel. He intends to continue offering legal advice to the JCF.