Jamaican government asked why police chief resigned

| 03/11/2009

(Jamaica Gleaner): The Jamaica Chamber of Commerce has urged the Government to tell the nation the real reason why Rear Admiral Hardley Lewin has resigned as commissioner of police. "We believe the nation has a right to know exactly why Police Commissioner Lewin has resigned and we call on the Government to move swiftly to restore a sense of security in our land," according to a statement yesterday from president of the chamber, Milton Samuda. "We view him as a police commissioner who has been forthright and who has operated with integrity. In our view, the firmness he displayed during his tenure is what is required in Jamaica at this time," Samuda said.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    I was so impressed by what this man has done for the crime in his county.  This is just a small amount of what you can find on the internet.  His website  covers everything from dead beat dad, includung their date of birth amount owned and a photo in some cases.  Also outstanding warrants, the lastest crimes, names of those arrested for DUI and much more.  It is a good feeling to know we are just a click away from getting all the information we need in our community without waiting.  It is a must read. Maybe the CaymanGovernment could offer him a short term contract or at least use him as an advisor.  It is time for a tough approach. The community can not help reduce the crime if they have no information. Like fighting in a dark room can’t see your enemy.

    Sheriff Joe Arpaio (in Arizona) is doing it RIGHT!! He has jail meals down to 40 cents a serving and charges the inmates for them. He stopped smoking and porno magazines in the jails. Took away their weights. Cut off all but "G" movies. He started chain gangs so the inmates could do free work on county and city projects. Then he started chain gangs for women so he wouldn’t get sued for discrimination.
    He took away cable TV until he found out there was a federal court order that required cable TV for jails. So he hooked up the cable TV again but only let in the Disney channel and the weather channel. When asked why the weather channel he replied, so they will know how hot it’s gonna be while they are working on my chain gangs.
    He cut off coffee since it has zero nutritional value. When the inmates complained, he told them…..this is a good one……"This isn’t the Ritz/Carlton. If you don’t like it, don’t come back."
    He bought Newt Gingrich’s lecture series on videotape that he pipes into the jails. When asked by a reporter if he had any lecture series by a Democrat, he replied that a democratic lecture series might explain why a lot of the inmates were in his jails in the first place. You have to love this guy!!
    More on the AZ Sheriff:
    With temperatures being even hotter than usual in Phoenix (116 degrees just set a new record), the Associated Press reports:
    About 2,000 inmates living in a barbed-wire-surrounded tent encampment at the Maricopa County Jail have been given permission to strip down to
    their government-issued pink boxer shorts. On Wednesday, hundreds of men wearing boxers were either curled up on their bunk beds or chatted in the tents, which reached 138 degrees inside the week before. Many were also swathed in wet, pink towels as sweat collected on their chests and dripped down to their pink socks. "It feels like we are in a furnace," said James Zanzot, an inmate who has lived in the tents for 1 1/2 years. "It’s inhumane."
    Joe Arpaio, the tough-guy sheriff who created the tent city and long ago started making his prisoners wear pink, and eat bologna sandwiches, is
    not one bit sympathetic He said Wednesday that he told all of the inmates: "It’s 120 degrees in Iraq and our soldiers are living in tents too, and
    they have to wear full battle gear, but they didn’t commit any crimes… so shut your damned mouths."

  2. Foxxe says:

     Forget trying to get him to come here. In Jamaica he had a car with a Driver, big house with helpers. The air wing and 13 helicopters not to mention Sea going boats. He has gone off in the sunset.


  3. Anonymous says:

    There isn’t a chance in hell that Mr. Hardley Lewin will be coming to the Cayman Islands to join the RCIPS in any capacity. That would make just "too much sense" to have an experienced military man and crime fighter deal with the mayhem here.

    Oh no no no no !!!!!!

    We prefer to bring into the RCIPS retired policemen from the UK whose main purpose is to take full advantage of the sea, sand, sun, fun and the great boose here. (mohitos and scotch in particular)

    Ask any Jamaican what did Brian Shields do for Jamaica and the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) ??? Last I heard, during his tenure as Deputy Commissioner Police Operations, the crime wave was well up and growing steadily. I do remember him assuming the role as DCP – Operations several years back, with the agenda to cut crime in half with his great expertise from the UK. Did that hapen ???

    CNS, can you please enquire specifically as to why our former DCP Operations was recently transferred to the rear, to now assume the role as DCP- Administration. Not that I disagree with the transfer, not at all.         

    • Anonymous says:

      His name is actually MARK SHIELDS. He did quite a lot for the force by the way. The problem is he wasn’t being supported by the locals. Sounds familiar? Hardley Lewin got very little done because he was an army man, he was from the JDF and not the JCF. He also got very little support. Sounds familar? 

  4. Baya 4 life says:

    he is from this region which to me means he would come here and not get caught up in the night life and nice beaches.


    I would welcome paying him 8,500.00/month to sort out the crimes that is only getting worse.

  5. Anonymous/Caymanian - Overseas. says:

    As I was reading this article, it came to mind………huh! Maybe Cayman has made Mr. Hardley Lewin an offer in which he cannot refuse, maybe just maybe he might be coming on Board to HELP get this ship that has run aground back out in safe waters!

    God knows we need all the help we can get, for we are well on the REEFS with all of Hurricane Ivan and 32 Storm waves beating us to pieces. 

    Only time will tell……..God Bless!

  6. Baya 4 life says:

    maybe he is coming to Cayman as Deputy…..

    • Ching a Ching Ching says:

      To get paid ten times as much and do absolutely nothing!

    • Twyla Vargas says:

      11:26, Trust me I hope so.  You know it may not be a welcoming thought to some of us but old time lemonaide was made with brown sugar.  Some change at the top may work out good, and life is all about taking chances. 

      In these times, I see the Cayman Islands police Force needing leaders who are HARD CORE . and , NO NONSENCE men to grab crime by the horns.   "Mix that lemonaide with some brown sugar"  That is all I have to say. 

      • Anonymous says:

        TWYLA, this is the one time that I  have to disagree with you . Dont you think ther will be too much sugar in the lemonade? We are already complaining about the Heads of Departments not being Caymanians, and that we have lost control.