Tonight there are major, major changes in the command of the Police Department - and from what we've heard, it's caught quite a few persons off guard.

The announcement came out about an hour ago and the headline item is that Commissioner of Police David Henderson is out as Top Cop. Henderson who was already past retirement leaves the post of Acting Commissioner of Police and takes up the job of Director of the National Forensic Science Service.

And so who will be the top cop now? Deputy Allen Wyllie is promoted to the post of Acting Commissioner of Police. And his Acting Deputy will be Elodio Aragon Jr. - who moves on from Officer Commanding Eastern Division to take up the Deputy Post with additional responsibility for Operations.

Assistant Commissioner of Police Miguel Segura will take Aragon's place as the boss of Eastern Division. Senior Superintendent Desiree Phillips moves from Commander of Community Police to one of two posts of Deputy Officer Commanding Eastern Division.

The other Deputy Commander will be Senior Superintendent Marlon Allen who moves from his post at Head of Special Branch. The other big move is for ASP Marco Vidal - he moves from the Head of the Gang Suppression Unit - which he created, back to Special Branch - where he first earned his name.

In other news, Assistant Superintendent of Police Christopher Noble moves from Executive Duty Officer to Rural Executive Officer, Eastern Division.

Assistant Superintendent of Police Luis Castellanos moves from Officer Commanding Prosecution Branch to Coastal Executive Officer - meaning he'll be in charge of San Pedro.

ASP Vienne Robinson - who was moved from San Pedro - takes up the job as Executive Duty Officer, Eastern Division. Acting Assistant Commissioner of Police Russell Blackett moves from Commander of Operations to Head of National Crimes Investigation Branch.

The Changeover in command of the Police Department will take effect on January 9, 2013. The transfers become effective on January 14, 2013.

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