KINGSTON, Jamaica CMC – Jamaica will soon have a new Commissioner of Police. In a surprising development on Monday, it was announced that Commissioner of Police, Owen Ellington, will be retiring from the post on completing vacation leave.
Ellington will go on vacation leave on Tuesday.
In a statement on Monday afternoon, National Security Minister, Peter Bunting said Deputy Commissioner of Police Glenmore Hinds has been appointed to act as Commissioner effective Tuesday while the Police Service Commission commences the process of appointing a new Commissioner of Police.
Bunting, said he has been advised of the request by the Commissioner of Police.
Ellington has reportedly indicated his decision to retire based on the need to separate himself from the management of the Force prior to the commencement of the West Kingston Commission of Enquiry.
The Enquiry will look into the conduct of the operations of the security forces in Western Kingston and other areas during the limited state of emergency in 2010.
In addition, he believes it will allow the Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM) to conduct its probe into allegations of police-involved killings in the central parish of Clarendon some of which occurred during his tenure without any perception of influence or interference on his part.
Ellington was appointed Commissioner of Police on April 5, 2010.
He succeeded Rear Admiral Hardley M Lewin.