Jamaica News, March 20, 2018 – Major General Antony Anderson
Kingston, Jamaica (McKoy’s News) – Jamaica’s new Commissioner of Police, Major General Antony Anderson took charge of his first day as Commissioner of Police on Monday, following his swearing in.
Looking splendid in his full brown uniform, it was the Bishop Dr. Gary Welsh, Justice of the Peace and Assistant Commissioner of Police that did the honours. The formalities were quickly followed, getting the new Commissioner up to speed with the area and section commanders.
It has been a torrid few months for the hierarchy of the JCF with former Commissioner Quallo quitting only nine months on the job, and Deputy Commissioner Clifford Blake, only being a space holder for the right candidate to be found. Major General Anderson has spent the last six years as Chief of Defence Staff before being appointed Jamaica’s first National Security Advisor to Prime Minister Holness in 2016.
Anderson has 32 years of military background and was heavily backed by Prime Minister Holness on Sunday during his speech announcing a second State of Public Emergency, and urged Jamaicans to support the New Commissioner. Speaking with confidence Holness said that the Veteran was the ideal candidate to lead the Constabulary Force forward.
In a time where the Murder rate is out of control, and seems unprecedentedly high with now two State of Public Emergency the most recent in St Catherine North Police Division, which was announced on Sunday by the Prime Minister. The area having half century Murders since the start on 2018 more than any single Parish.
The rise of crime is at an all-time high, Major General Anderson has a tough task on his hand not only with criminals such as those in the two Zones of Special Operation in Denham Town, West Kingston and Mount Salem, St James, but also the Criminals in the Jamaica Constabulary force that helps breed crime according to many.
Is it the right time for such an appointment? Will the Major General have the intended impact?
Contributed by Brian Mitchell