Former Police Commissioner has died

By MyVueNews Staff-writer:

The late Robert Jeffers, former Commissioner of Police (Photo courtesy by SKNVibes)

Basseterre, St. Kitts, Monday, 15th January, 2018, (MyVueNews.com) – The law enforcement community, has lost one of its former leaders. Reports have now been confirmed that former Commissioner of Police of St. Kitts & Nevis, Robert Jeffers died here on Sunday, 14th January, 2018.

It was almost 10 years ago, on 6th February, 2008, that Jeffers retired as the chief cop, making way for his successor, Austin Williams, who too has since retired.

Jeffers served approximately 41 years on the force, in various capacities and ranks, including as head of the CID, Criminal Investigation Department.

During his time in office, the former Commissioner had fought for greater autonomy over disciplinary matters pertaining to police officers.

At one point he had also called for the establishment of an external committee that would handle complaints against officers, but was not able to convince the government to make the desired changes.

In addition to serving the people as police officer, Jeffers in his retired years, also dedicated much time to the St. Kitts Cricket Association, which he served as Assistant Secretary, and Secretary of the Leeward Islands Cricket Association, at the time of his passing.

There are no details, at the time of writing this article, surrounding the cause of death, but Jeffers had been known to have had his own health challenges.

Since 1983, the Police Force has been led by Commissioners Stanley Franks from St. Kitts, Odessa Thompson of Guyana, Brian Reynolds from Great Britain, Calvin Fahie from St. Kitts, Robert Jeffers from Anguilla,  Austin Williams from Nevis, Celvin G Walwyn from St. Kitts, and currently, Ian Queeley, from St. Kitts.

The former Commissioner was married with children.