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The Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) has added another overseas law enforcement official to its ranks. He is Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP), Les Greene, who will be in charge of serious and organized crime.
ACP Greene has been on secondment from Scotland Yard since October 2004 as part of the technical support provided by the Metropolitan Police to Operation Kingfish. He has been working with the JCF to enhance their crime investigative skills.
The Assistant Commissioner is expected to work alongside Commissioner of Police, Lucius Thomas and compatriot Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP), Mark Shields, on a soon-to-be-launched Homicide Task Force centered on Kingston and St Andrew.
At a press conference held at the JCF’s headquarters on Old Hope Road on Monday (January 16), ACP Greene pointed out that it was a “new step for him to take over as ACP for crime and especially working further with the officers within the JCF.”
According to ACP Greene, his policing strategies would be “based around intelligence, improving the investigative capacity of the JCF and ‘professionalizing’ the detectives, not just in the divisions but in the specialist units.”]
Continuing, he added that he would strive to improve communication with other officers, agencies and departments and above all, the public.
He further informed that it was essential that, “the detectives work closely with the communities that they serve and police, and obtaining the information from those communities will help us to solve the crimes [we] are investigating”.
Referring to Operation Kingfish, ACP Greene said the investigative success of Kingfish has been based on the careful scrutiny of case papers, obtaining the best evidence and working closely with witnesses and the criminal justice system in order to select the best evidence to put before the court.
ACP Greene is the second British law enforcement officer to be dispatched to the JCF and according to the Permanent Secretary in the Security Ministry, Gilbert Scott, “another officer could arrive as early as February”.
In England, ACP Greene served as Detective Superintendent in charge of the Special Crime Directorate (SCD), which is London’s response to all non-fatal shootings and the proactive team to counter gun enabled crimes, which are closely linked to the supply of drugs.
Like his compatriot, DCP Mark Shields, ACP Greene will be remunerated by the governments of Jamaica and the United Kingdom along with the private sector.