Tuesday, June 13, 2006
Senior Superintendent of Police Reneto Adams has assumed a new role to analyse intelligence and pass it on to various agencies and officers in the constabulary. Adams will report directly to Jamaica Police Commissioner Lucius Thomas.
Adams, former head of the now disbanded Crime Management Unit, was removed from front-line duties after he and five of his men were arrested for the 2003 murder of four people, including two women during a raid on a house at Crawle in Clarendon. He was acquitted of all charges late last year.
Deputy Commissioner of Police Shields, a former officer with Scotland Yard, was among the overseas detectives who were recruited to investigate the Crawle killings. There have been claims that DCP Shields was one of the persons who were opposed to SSP Adams' return to active duty.
Thomas decision to reinstate Adams was aimed at pleasing his critics, the British Home Office, by keeping Adams off the streets. However, Deputy Commissioner Shields said he was unconcerned that SSP Adams had returned to work.
Commissioner Thomas' move immediately drew the fire of human rights group Jamaicans For Justice (JFJ) which made it clear they wanted Adams kicked off the police force. The JFJ is concerned that Adams' reinstatement might have a negative effect on other officers within the police force.