ACP Liburd held responsibility for crime and since his departure, Superintendent Ian Queeley was filling the gap which was left vacant.
MiyVue.com understands that prior to that, Queeley filled the post of Assistant Commissioner with responsibility for Operations (ACP Operations) after the officer who filled that spot, Joseph Richardson, went on leave.
An exclusive interview held between MiyVue.com and the Acting Commissioner of Police (COP) Stafford Liburd, revealed that for the time being, Queely will continue acting as ACP with responsibility for Crime (ACP Crime).
He also indicated that Joseph Richardson who was also on leave, would continue his duties as the ACP Operations after his leave expires.
“Mr. Joseph Richardson will continue as Assistant Commissioner with responsibility for Operations when he returns from leave and Superintendent Ian Queeley is Acting Assistant Commissioner of Police with responsibility for Crime,” the COP (Ag) noted.
He further explained his expectation that Queeley would bring with him “new ideas” as to how the force can address specific issues related to crime and violence. Liburd explained, however, that these ideas must conform to the police force’s policy.
“…I believe like anything else, people would bring their new ideas in conformity with the force’s policy and force’s priorities. When we started this year, a number of priorities (we had) were to attempt to reduce the number of murders, we had to attempt to reduce the number of robberies and at the same time, we attempted to reduce all the gang disorders. Those are three things which we were moving forward on when the year started…and certainly incidents of violence involving guns.
“We have shown some achievement in the reducing of the murders at the moment but the year is not over. We have also seen our quest of getting more guns off the street, certainly we have surpassed last year. Our aim is to continue along that vein and to improve our cooperation with the general public and that is what I expect (from) the ACP of Crime in seeking to increase our cooperation and collaboration with the general public,” Liburd explained.
Asked if the possibility exists that Queeley would be appointed to that office, the COP (Ag) remarked, “The appointment of such ranks is beyond the office of the Commissioner.”