Catholic bishop heads Police (Civilian Oversight) Authority
ROMAN Catholic bishop the Most Rev Charles Dufour has been appointed chairman of the Police (Civilian Oversight) Authority.
The other members the authority, appointed by Governor-General Prof Kenneth Hall, are Dr George Phillip, Oliver Clarke, Gladstone Lewars, and Rudolph Hamilton.
The appointments took effect on August 21 and the members will serve for five years.
The Authority usually consists of five to seven members, including the Chairman, and is appointed by the governor-general after consultation with the prime minister and leader of the Opposition. The chairman and members will serve for five years.
The main functions of the authority are to:
. monitor the standard of performance of the force and the auxiliaries, to ensure that internationally accepted standards of policing are maintained, and to report thereon;
. conduct inspections of the force and the auxiliaries;
. monitor the management and use of the financial and other resources of the force and the auxiliaries; and
. perform such other functions as may be necessary for promoting the efficiency of the force and the auxiliaries.