Time for a woman Commissioner of Police

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Though she is yet to submit her application for the post of police commissioner, advertised roughly two weeks ago, Grant, who is now acting commissioner, yesterday declared her intention to apply. The post officially became vacant last Friday, the last day of Dr Carl Williams’ tenure, after he exited the job on early retirement.

Yesterday, at a JCF press conference held at the Commissioner’s Office, Grant explained why she should take leadership of the 150-year-old organisation.

“What I bring is 35 years of knowledge of this organisation. I think I have an excellent understanding of its workings and I think I have an excellent understanding of its failings, too,” Grant said.

“Internally, I am very objective, I think, and I am a prolific critic of how we do things. I don’t shy away from the need for improvement. I think I bring good leadership skills that have served me well in all the places that I have worked,” she continued.

According to Superintendent Stephanie Lindsay, who introduced the acting commissioner yesterday, Grant has served the force in numerous capacities in administration and operations. Lindsay stated that Grant led a number of reforms between 2002 and 2010. She also worked in areas of community-based policing and human resource development.

Identifying herself as a “strategic thinker”, Grant also indicated that she has had multiple successes in fixing certain areas of the police force.

“There are numerous accomplishments that I have had over the 35 years that continue to resonate with the JCF today. I have never been one to go out and blow my own trumpet, but the constabulary members, they do know what I have contributed in trying to fix the systems and the processes, the training and development, and the discipline of the force,” she said.

“As a matter of fact, since I have started I have called in persons already to talk to them about performance and conduct gaps that I need them to fix and I have put several persons on notice already. So these are some of the things that I bring, and I think I have an excellent working relationship, not just within the force, but with key stakeholders and international partners,” Grant continued.

Grant highlighted what she said was her “outstanding record of performance”, noting she has worked assiduously to rid the constabulary of corruption.

“We arrested a number of persons within the two years that the Professional Standards Branch operated. We established the Anti-Corruption Branch. We also trained and retrained persons there,” she said.

“While we would love to have had a 100 per cent clean record of misconduct, human beings are fallible. What I have never done is provide any refuge or support for anyone who goes against the stated principles of the constabulary,” she added.

The commissioner hopeful holds three degrees from The University of the West Indies: a bachelor’s and two master’s degrees in International Studies and Human Resource Development. She also has a Master of Arts from King’s College, London.

Lindsay also told the news conference that Grant is a fellow of the Center for Hemispheric Defense Studies and participated in a “prestigious course at the Royal College of Defence Studies in London”.

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