Tuesday 25 June, 2019

Photos: New Police Commissioner reports to work

Commissioner of Police, Major General Anthony Anderson takes the Oath of Office being read by Bishop Dr. Gary Welsh (ACP,JP).  Photo via Constabulary Communication Network .

Commissioner of Police, Major General Anthony Anderson takes the Oath of Office being read by Bishop Dr. Gary Welsh (ACP,JP). Photo via Constabulary Communication Network .

Major General Antony Anderson began his first day as Commissioner of Police, after taking the Oath of Office, at the Office of the Commissioner of Police on Monday.

Decked in his uniform, the Commissioner of Police was quickly sworn on by Bishop Dr. Gary Welsh, Justice of the Peace and Assistant Commissioner of Police, followed by a briefing session with area and section commanders.

Anderson, who served as National Security Advisor to Prime Minister Andrew Holness, replaces George Quallo, who resigned at the end of January, after only nine months on the job.

Deputy Commissioner Clifford Blake had been acting as Commissioner since Quallo left the post.

Police Commissioner's first day on the job

Click the gallery for more photos of Anderson's swearing-in.

Prime Minister Holness, while announcing a second State of Public Emergency at Jamaica House on Sunday where he was joined on the platform by Anderson, urged Jamaicans to support the incoming Commissioner. Holness, said he had confidence Anderson will do a good job, especially because of his military background.

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

He takes over at a time when the country is in the midst of a spiralling murder rate and with two separate State of Public Emergency – one in St James and the other which was imposed on Sunday, in the St Catherine North Police Division which has recorded 48 murders since the start of the year, the most for any division or parish.

The announced State of Public Emergency on Sunday came exactly two months to the day the first such operation was imposed in St James which saw a record 335 murders in 2017.

There are also two Zones of Special Operation in Denham Town, West Kingston and Mount Salem, St James.  

And Anderson has taken over at a time when there are growing calls for corrupt cops to be separated from the force.

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