New Jamaican top cop confirmed

KINGSTON, Jamaica: Jamaica has a new Commissioner of Police.

After acting in the position for five months, Owen Lloyd Ellington has been confirmed by the Police Service Commission (PSC).

Ellington was chosen at the end of a recruitment process to select a Commissioner of Police to replace Rear Admiral Hardley Lewin, who resigned last November.

“Following proposed amendments to the Constabulary Force Act, the Commissioner of Police will be required to re-enlist in the Force for a term of three years. This replaces the previous arrangement where appointments to the commissioning ranks were on a contractual basis,” said a statement from the PSC.

The 47-year-old Ellington first enlisted in the Jamaica Constabulary Force in August 1980 and was appointed to the rank of Assistant Commissioner of Police 26 years later. He was subsequently made Deputy Commissioner of Police on August 11 2008, before acting as top cop from November 7, 2009.

Ellington holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Human Resource Management from the University of Technology and a Master of Science Degree in National Security and Strategic Studies from the University of the West Indies.

Ellington also earned professional certificates from numerous universities abroad, including a Certificate in National Security and Strategy from the University of Beijing, China and a Post-Graduate Certificate in Transnational Security, Stability and Democracy from the National Defense University Centre for Hemispheric Defense Studies in Washington, D.C.

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