The National Security Advisor, Major General Antony Anderson is the new Commissioner of Police.
He succeeds George Quallo who resigned last month.
The Police Service Commission, PSC, announced the appointment of General Anderson this afternoon. The PSC says his appointment will take effect on Monday, March 19.
General Anderson is a former Chief of Defence Staff of the Jamaica Defence Force, JDF. He’s been serving as the National Security Advisor since December 2016.
The first person to serve in this capacity in Jamaica, he is the principal advisor to the Prime Minister and Cabinet on internal and external security, intelligence and defence matters.
As National Security Advisor he is responsible for coordinating security activities across government and liaison with overseas security and intelligence entities.
The Police Service Commission says General Anderson has developed a keen understanding of the critical nature of the JCF in securing Jamaica.
Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge of Operations, Clifford Blake has been acting as Commissioner.
General Anderson served the JDF for 34 years, culminating in his six-year tenure as Chief of Defence Staff. He was educated at the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst, in the United Kingdom.
The PSC says General Anderson has demonstrated the ability to lead the JCF at an important point of transformation.
It says he’ll be responsible for enhancing the public security services in the country, improving public order, reducing corruption and improving management and accountability within the force.