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Rear Admiral Lewin says JCF must be transformed

Published:Monday | August 18, 2014 | 5:30 PM

KINGSTON, Jamaica:

Former police commissioner Rear Admiral Harley Lewin says the next head of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) should be someone who has strong, transformational leadership qualities.




According to Lewin, the JCF has been far deteriorated and must be transformed into a more effective service.



While supporting calls for the next top cop to come from within the JCF, the former police commissioner said the new JCF head should place greater emphasis on professionalism, proper resource allocation and community-based policing.



Lewin also says the relevant authorities must ensure that more of the recommendations from the 2008 JCF strategic review undertaken are implemented.



Lewin was speaking on Cliff Hughes Online on Power 106 FM this afternoon.



The post of police commissioner became vacant following the sudden retirement of Owen Ellington in June.



Ellington cited the ongoing investigations into alleged police death squad in Clarendon and the May 2010 Tivoli incursion as the reasons for his departure.



Lewin says he was surprised by Ellington’s sudden departure given earlier pronouncements that he planned to be in the job for some time.



Ellington retired less than five years after taking over the job from Lewin.



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