New ACP goes after gangs, illegal guns

Wednesday, January 9, 2019 - 04:30

Jayson Forde is wary of a criminal push back as the Police Service adjusts its approach towards the criminal elements under his watch.

In an interview on CNC3’s The Morning Brew, Forde said clamping down on gangs and guns would be his focus.

“Yes, I have a concern, if a group of people have been benefiting from certain illegal activities for a certain period of time and you decide to take that from them they will retaliate, that is expected,” said Forde.

Despite that expectation, the new ACP (Crime) was confident that the police would not lose the war on crime and was not fearful the police could be out-gunned despite increasing evidence that sophisticated weaponry had been in the hands of criminals.

“We never have been, we never will be,” said Forde, who added: “The police can never be outgunned by the criminal element.”

Forde has assumed control of seven units—Crime and Problem Analysis Branch, Organised Crime and Intelligence Unit, Fraud Squad, Criminal Investigations Division and CRO, Child Protection Unit, Inter-Agency Task Force and the Court and Process Branch.

Forde is expected to meet with these divisions today concerning his plans.

The new ACP, who has 38 years experience in the service, including 15 years in the Homicide Bureau, was appointed to the post on Monday, days after Police Commissioner Gary Griffith promised a shake-up of the hierarchy of the service in the wake of evidence disappearing from the Fraud Squad.

Forde said he was not surprised by his elevation, as he continuously worked towards leadership and envisioned leading since his days as a constable over three decades ago.

“Leadership starts with integrity, vision, passion and a lot of things can stem from that,” said Forde on his approach.

He is also confident that with the right approach, the perception that police cannot be trusted can be changed and believes that public confidence has increased under Griffith due his “out front” leadership style.

“Once you respond to people’s reports, you treat them fairly, they begin to trust you. Every profession would have allegations of misconduct, once you respond appropriately the people begin to trust you,” said Forde.

 - by Peter Christopher