In a surprising turn of events Jamaica’s Commissioner of Police Owen Ellington will be stepping down at the completion of his vacation leave. In a statement written by the Minister of National Security, Peter Bunting, it was declared that Deputy Commissioner of Police Glenmore Hinds will be pointed to the post in an acting role with immediate effect.
Mr. Hinds is expected to serve in the position whilst the Police Services Commission commences the process of appointing a new Commissioner of Police. Outgoing Commissioner Owen Ellington indicated that his decision to retire is primarily based on the need to separate himself from the management of the force prior to the commencement of the West Kingston Commission Enquiry.
The Enquiry will dissect the conduct of the operations of the security forces in Western Kingston among other areas during the limited state of emergency in 2010. Additionally, Mr. Ellington believes it will allow the Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM) to conduct its probe into allegations of police killings in the central Parish of Clarendon which transpired during his tenure without any perception of influence stemming from his authority.
Mr. Owen Ellington was appointed Commissioner of Police in 2010. He had succeeded Rear Admiral Ardley Lewin, during which time a number of high profile law breakers have been extradited to the United States of America including Tivoli Gardens “Area Don” Christoper “Dudus” Coke.