A high-ranking Jamaican police officer paid a courtesy call on Toronto Police Chief Mark Saunders at police headquarters on September 18.
Deputy Commissioner James Golding took time out from his vacation to meet the city’s top cop.
“Even though I am on leave, it was important for me to come here and visit with the Chief,” he said. “We have a close relationship with your police service and we are always looking at ways to build on that. I found the Chief to be very affable and we had a fruitful chat in the short time we were together.”
Over the years, Toronto Police and their Jamaican counterparts have worked closely to develop and share strategies to combat organized crime and improve relationships between the police and the communities they serve.
Nearly five years ago, retired Chief Bill Blair met with senior Jamaican police officers while on a visit organized by the University of the West Indies and the Police Service Commission. Before that Chief Julian Fantino visited the island nation to build on the relationship with the JCF and deliver school supplies.
In 2006, Jamaican-born David McLeod , who retired as a Toronto Police Service superintendent last year, was seconded as an intelligence liaison officer/advisor to the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) for a six-month period.
Golding, who has a Master’s of Business Administration from the University of the West Indies, is in his 34th year with the JCF.