A high-ranking Jamaica police officer paid a courtesy call on Toronto Police Chief Mark Saunders at police headquarters last week.
Deputy Commissioner James Golding took time out from his vacation to meet the city’s top cop, who is the son of Jamaican immigrants.
“Even though I am on leave, it was important for me to come here and visit with the chief,” he said. “We have a close relationship with your police service and we are always looking at ways to build on that. I found the chief to be very affable and we had a fruitful chat in the short time we were together.”
Over the years, Toronto Police and their Jamaican counterparts have worked closely to develop and share strategies to manage organized crime and improve relationships between the police and the communities they serve.
In 2006, Jamaican-born David McLeod – who retired as a Toronto Police Service superintendent last year, was seconded as an intelligence liaison officer/advisor to the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) for a six-month period.
Golding, who has a Master’s of Business Administration from the University of the West Indies, is in his 34th year with the JCF.
He assured nationals in the Diaspora that Jamaica is a safe place to visit and do business.
“We have increased patrols and expanded our intelligence capabilities,” he said. “The country is relatively safe.”