BASSETERRE, St. Kitts – AFTER one year of acting as Top COP of the Royal St. Christopher and Nevis Police Force (RSCNPF), the Governor-General has accepted the recommendation of the Public Service Commission to appoint Hilroy Brandy as the Commissioner of Police.
According to a police communiqué, the appointment took effect from June 1, 2019.
Brandy had joined the RSCNPF in 1981 and was first posted at Beat and Patrol in Basseterre. He also worked for some time in the Special Services Unit, Court and Process in both islands of the Federation and had the opportunity to serve as a prosecutor at various periods.
Commissioner Brandy had spent 23 of his 38-year service in the Criminal Investigation Department, which he eventually headed. And for 10 years in that Department, he had also been working in the Financial Investigation Unit, which led to his development as a skilled investigator.
In 2010, he was appointed Divisional Commander responsible for Division ‘C’, and six years after he was elevated to the rank of Deputy Commissioner.
The new Top COP has also had extensive training in numerous security-related areas both regionally and internationally.
The communiqué quoted him as saying: “I am humbled by this move of confidence in me to lead such a noble Organisation. Policing has been my life. I want to assure the people of St. Kitts and Nevis that I have committed to serving my country. The safety and security of all citizens and residents is paramount for our nation to thrive, and I will work to ensure that everyone can operate daily with a peace of mind.”
He thanked all those who supported him over the years and encouraged him through good and not-so-good times, adding that he appreciated the commitment of the men and women in the Organisation who have been working tirelessly to meet the objectives of the policing plan.
Commissioner Brandy noted that his management team [the High Command] had also been instrumental in helping to move the peace process forward and overseeing the operations of the RSCNPF.
“This job is not one that can be executed successfully without the support of your team. Without the team – every member working together towards achieving our objectives – I could not have achieved all that I have been able to. And so, I would like to ask my team to continue the level of service that they have been giving and, on top of that, ask that we all challenge ourselves to surpass that level to raise the standard even higher,” he said.
Commissioner Brandy had been acting in the post since October 2018 after his predecessor, Commissioner Ian M. Queeley had proceeded on pre-retirement leave.
In July this year, Queeley had retired from the RSCNPF and had departed the Federation on Wednesday, September 4 to take up his post as the very first Ambassador of the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States to the Kingdom of Morocco.