Leslie James is the new Top Cop

Newly appointed Commissioner of Police, Leslie James.

…appointed with immediate effect

President David Granger on Thursday announced that following consultations with the Leader of the Opposition, Bharrat Jagdeo at State House, Leslie Albert James will now serve as the Commissioner of Police with immediate effect.

President David Granger , during his meeting with Opposition Leader , Bharrat Jagdeo on Thursday.

According to a release from the Ministry of the Presidency , President Granger noted that James , who last served as commander for “C” Division of the Guyana Police Force , will be supported by four Deputy Commissioners , those being Lyndon Alves,  Maxine Graham,  Nigel Hoppie and Paul Williams. These appointments will also take immediate effect as of August 30, 2018 , the release stated.

In an invited comment following the conclusion of the meeting, President Granger said that the four deputies will be responsible for four areas of the Force; these are Operations, Administration, Law Enforcement and Special Branch/ Intelligence.

“My intention is that the four deputies will be responsible for various aspects of the Police Force, for example, Operations, Administration, Law Enforcement and Special Branch or Intelligence. What we have done today is we have not only appointed a Police Commissioner but we have also improved the architecture of the Police Force so that instead of having a flat structure, we now have clearly defined responsibilities in those four deputy commissioners. So, things will be better. I am sure there will be better performance in those areas and other officers can now look forward to, in due course, filling those appointments. It will help to enhance the specialisation of the Police Force. It will help to spur the career mobility of officers and I am convinced that the efficiency of the Police Force as a whole will be enhanced,” the Head of State said.

The President noted too that it is his expectation to meet with the new Commissioner and deputies on Thursday where discussions will take place on the appointments to each of the four areas identified.

“I was not interested in having a foreigner head the Guyana Police Force. I felt that we had local talent. I think the process has resulted in the best five being selected to lead the force and I will be meeting later today with the Commissioner and deputy commissioners. I think this is the best outcome and they are all fit and proper persons to lead the Police Force,” he said.

This newspaper reported in July that since James took over the police ‘A’ Division this year, several notable changes have taken place in the division, including the effective monitoring of crime hotspots, frequent engagements between the commander’s office and members of the public, as well as stakeholders meeting.

A detailed report on the new appointments will be published in Friday’s edition of the Guyana Chronicle.