Former Commissioner of Police, Lucius Thomas, has died.

It is understood that the former Commissioner died Wednesday following a lengthy ailment.

Mr Thomas first joined the ranks of the Jamaica Constabulary Force at the age of 20 in 1969 and serving for a total of 36 years before retiring in 2007.

In his time at the JCF, Thomas served spells with the Mobile Reserve, the Kingston Central Division and the Special Branch, where he spent 25 years.

Following a steady rise through the ranks which saw him promoted to the position of Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge of the Crime Portfolio, in 2005 Mr Thomas was tapped to lead the JCF by then Prime Minister PJ Patterson, replacing Francis Forbes.

Upon leaving the JCF, he chose to throw his hat into the ring of representational politics.

He declared his interest in running on the ticket of the Peoples National Party for the 2011 general elections in the St Ann North West constituency, but was unsuccessful in getting the party’s nomination to be its standard bearer.

Meanwhile, Commissioner of Police, Major General Antony Anderson expressed condolences on the passing of Lucius Thomas on behalf of the JCF.

Major General Anderson commented on Thomas’ contribution to the JCF during his time in the force.

Major General Anderson recounted personal experiences with Thomas.

In closing, Major General Anderson says the force will pay respects to Thomas’ legacy.

Major General Antony Anderson, Commissioner of Police.