Two members of the Police High Command- Commissioner Ian Queeley and Assistant Commissioner of Police with Responsibility for the Operations Directorate, Mr. Terrance James- have been sent on extended leave, prompting further questions about the plan of action for the Police Force for 2019.
According to credible sources, Commissioner Queeley, who was expected to return to his duties on January 15, 019, received a letter informing him that he is to continue on further leave until October or November 2019.
Commissioner Queeley went on vacation on October 1, 2018 and was scheduled to return to office on November 3, 2018, but the Human Resource Department in the Office of Prime Minister Harris hastily dispatched a letter to Queeley, extending his vacation to January 15, 2019.
Queeley reportedly received another letter, this time extending further leave to November 2019.
In October 2018, when Commissioner Queeley was sent on vacation leave while the personnel from the Regional Security System (RSS) were being deployed to St. Kitts and Nevis, scores of police officers and persons across the diaspora were of the view that Queeley may not return to his post.
Assistant Commissioner James, whose leave was extended in October last year, was expected to return to duty in December but according to reports, a directive has been issued for further leave to be taken.
There have been questions about the timing of the issuing of leave in both cases, especially since Prime Minister and Minister of National Security recently indicated that there were over 80 vacancies within the Ministry on National Security and one of the objectives of the presence of the RSS is to complement an already thinly stretched local Police Force.
Many have voiced their opinions on the move. Some have even tied it to political strategy by the government.
Presently, the acting Commissioner of Police is Hilroy Brandy and the Acting Assistant Commissioner of Police with responsibility for Operations is Adolph Adams.