Police Commissioner Owen Ellington is quitting as head of the Jamaica Constabulary Force. He will retire on completion of his vacation leave which began last Tuesday.
In a statement on Monday, 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.
Ellington has indicated that his decision to retire is based on the need to separate himself from the leadership and management of the Force prior to the commencement of the upcoming Commission of Enquiry into the conduct of the Operations of the Security Forces in Western Kingston and other areas during the limited State ofEmergencyin 2010.
In addition, he believes it will allow the Independent Commission of Investigations, INDECOM, to conduct its investigation into allegations of police-involved killings in the Clarendon Division (some of which occurred during his tenure) without any perception of influence or interference on his part.
Bunting expressed appreciation for Ellington’s 34 years of service and his contribution to improving the professionalism of the JCF. He lauded Ellington for establishing strategies that have led to a significant reduction in crime and improvement in public security during his tenure as Commissioner.