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Errol Strong appointed new PCOA chairman

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

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KINGSTON, Jamaica — Governor General Sir Patrick Allen has appointed Errol Strong the new Chairman of the Police Civilian Oversight Authority (PCOA).

His appointment took effect from February 12 of this year, after Professor Anthony Harriott resigned as chairman of the authority, effective on February 1.

Strong, who is a Justice of the Peace, currently serves as a member of the authority, a position he has held since November 3, 2016.

As a retired assistant commissioner of police, PCOA said he brings to the table more than 40 years of experience in the field of security, serving in the capacity of Security Liaison Officer at the Embassy of Jamaica in Washington, DC among other positions. He is also a former Chairman of Firearm Licensing Authority (FLA).

In the meantime, the members constituting the authority remain the same: Dr Marshall Hall, Pastor Glen Samuels, Jacqueline Hinkson, Professor Anthony Harriott and Gladstone Lewars. The tenure of the authority will end August 22, 2021.

The PCOA was established by an Act of Parliament in 2005 as a mechanism to support external scrutiny and accountability of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF).

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