Chang­ing of the guard

Jamaica Gleaner - - NEWS -

PORT­LAND NOW has a new com­mand­ing of­fi­cer in the per­son of Deputy Su­per­in­ten­dent of Po­lice Rex Swear­ing, who as­sumed du­ties fol­low­ing the re­tire­ment of Su­per­in­ten­dent Ober­line Smith-White, who served for just un­der a year.

Smith-White, who was the first fe­male com­mand­ing of­fi­cer for the parish which holds the dis­tinc­tion of be­ing the safest parish, was the toast of a grand send-off party or­gan­ised by the busi­ness com­mu­nity at Cliff Hanger Restau­rant and Lounge at Ross Craig. In at­ten­dance were As­sis­tant Com­mis­sioner of Po­lice Glen­ford Hud­son and Mem­ber of Par­lia­ment Daryl Vaz.

“To­day, we wit­nessed a change of the guard,” com­mented Hud­son. “Our fe­male col­league served with dis­tinc­tion and there is clear in­di­ca­tion that she mar­shalled her troops bril­liantly dur­ing her ten­ure. We hail her for her commitment, ded­i­ca­tion, and out­stand­ing ser­vice, “he added.

Smith-White, who pointed out that she fell in love with the parish, urged sup­port for the new com­mand­ing of­fi­cer as there is a great need to pre­serve the peace and quiet of the pris­tine parish.

“It was an hon­our to serve the peo­ple of this beau­ti­ful parish, “she said.

“I am thank­ful for the sup­port given to me, which guar­an­teed the safety of cit­i­zens. I leave with no re­grets as it was my pas­sion to serve, pro­tect, and re­as­sure the peo­ple of this po­lice di­vi­sion, “she said.

Smith-White served the Ja­maica Con­stab­u­lary Force for ap­prox­i­mately 42 years.

Re­tired Su­per­in­ten­dent Ober­line Smith-White (left) re­ceiv­ing a gift from Deputy Su­per­in­ten­dent Stacy-Ann Green.

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