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Ellington appointed commish

Published:Saturday | April 24, 2010 | 12:00 AM

The Police Service Commission has announced the appointment of Owen Lloyd Ellington, CD, JP, as commissioner of police in the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF), effective April 5.

Ellington, 47 years old, is a past student of the Glengoffe High School. He enlisted in the JCF on August 1, 1980, and was appointed to the rank of assistant commissioner of police (on contract/gratuity terms) on April 5, 2006.

He was appointed to act as a deputy commissioner of police on August 11, 2008, and to act as commissioner of police on November 7, 2009.

He is the holder of a Bachelor of Science in Human Resource Management from the University of Technology and a Master of Science in National Security and Strategic Studies from the University of the West Indies.

Other qualifications

Ellington also earned professional certificates from numerous universities abroad, including a certificate in national security and strategy from the University of Beijing, China, and a postgraduate certificate in transnational security, stability and democracy from the National Defence University Centre for Hemispheric Defence Studies in Washington, DC.

During the recently concluded recruitment process to select a commissioner of police to replace Rear Admiral Hardley Lewin, Ellington was selected as the successful candidate.

Consequent on the proposed amendments to the Constabulary Force Act, the commissioner of police will be required to re-enlist in the force for a term of three years. This replaces the previous arrangement where appointments to the commissioning ranks were on a contractual basis.