Rear Admiral Lewin takes command as new Police Commissioner for Jamaica
Rear Admiral Hardley Lewin, this morning took command of the Jamaica Constabulary Force as the country’s 26th Police Commissioner.
The Commissioner was welcomed this morning by the National Security Minister Derrick Smith and senior members of the force.
Commissioner Lewin told reporters that he was ready to serve the nation, and warned that unavoidable changes are coming.
He did not elaborate on his plans noting that he will provide more details on his vision at a press conference on Thursday.
The Commissioner said he must first consult with senior officers before making any announcements.
Rear Admiral Lewin also called for the members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force, the Government and the Opposition to support him as Commissioner.
National Security Minister, Derrick Smith who introduced the new Commissioner, said this is a significant day for Jamaica.
The minister said the new commissioner is taking command of the police force at a particularly challenging time.
Mr. Smith said he is encouraged that the various law enforcement interests have endorsed the new Police Commissioner.
The Jamaica Police Federation and the Police Officers Association had expressed reservation about the appointment of an outsider as Police Commissioner.
However, they have now indicated their support for the appointment of the Rear Admiral.
Senior Superintendent Reneto Adams, who was one of the applicants for the post of Commissioner, also said he would be supporting the appointment of the Rear Admiral.
Mr. Adams is suggesting that while the restructuring of the force is important, the Commissioner should prioritise crime fighting.
He is also willing to undertake any assignment he’s given by the new commissioner.