Assistant Commissioner Amsterdam takes his leave; Paul Williams takes over

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Assistant Commissioner of Police Ian Amsterdam has gone into pre-retirement leave effective yesterday.

Amsterdam leaves the Force with a clean slate and as an officer who commanded the respect of members of the public as well as junior and senior officers.

His very likable personality has also gained him the confidence of members of the public and junior ranks within the Force were always willing to engage with him; his qualities are likened to that of now retired Assistant Commissioner of Police Brian Joseph.

With Amsterdam now out on leave, the police ‘B’ Division will be headed by Assistant Commissioner of Police Paul Williams, another well respected senior police officer.

His move to the division is expected to be on a temporary basis while his substantive post of Force Training Officer will be controlled by Assistant Commissioner of Police Maxine Graham during the interim.

Graham is the highest ranking female within the Guyana Police Force and the only female Assistant Commissioner of Police.

The movements will also see Senior Superintendent Errol Watts being brought out of ‘B’ Division and sent to the Strategic Management Unit while the current head of that department, Senior Superintendent Edmond Cooper will move to Berbice.

Cooper will serve as the Deputy Commander to Assistant Commissioner Paul Williams.

There are no other moves expected to take place at this time according to information the News Room has received. (Leroy Smith)

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