Tuesday 19 June, 2018

Major General Antony Anderson appointed police commissioner

Major General Antony Anderson

Major General Antony Anderson

National Security Advisor, Major General Antony Anderson has been appointed as the new police commissioner.

The appointment becomes effective March 19.

Anderson, the former Chief of Defence Staff of the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF), will assume the position left vacant following the resignation of George Quallo.

Deputy Commissioner Clifford Blake has been acting as Commissioner since Quallo left the post at the end of January.

Do you approve of the appointment of Major General Antony Anderson as Police Commissioner?

Yes, I approve
42%
No, I don't approve
33%
Undecided
25%

Although Anderson was arguably not the public's favourite to succeed Quallo, he had been tipped by security insiders as one of the most-likely candidates for the role.

Among those who backed him was retired Assistant Commissioner of Police, Keith ‘Trinity’ Gardner, who in an interview with Loop News touted Anderson as being well trained, very rounded and experienced in certain matters. 

Gardner also held the view that Anderson is a brilliant person, a man of integrity “and I don’t suppose there would be any objection from any of the ABC countries – America, Britain and Canada.”

Anderson served as Chief of Defence Staff for six of his 32 years in the JDF, before being appointed Jamaica's first National Security Advisor in 2016.

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