Who are the new leaders of the force?

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Before being elevated to the rank of acting commissioner of police this week, Atlee Rodney was a deputy commissioner of police in the Royal Police Force of Antigua and Barbuda and has been serving for more than three-and-a-half decades. Until his promotion two days ago, he was responsible for the administrative functions of the police force, which includes human resource and training.
 Over the years he has worked in several key areas to include: the Criminal Investigation Department, the Narcotics Squad, the Special Service Unit and the Prosecution Department. He also served as the chief instructor at the Police Training Academy.
As a police officer, he has attended several training courses locally, regionally and internationally in various subject matters to include criminal investigations, senior police leadership, project management, human rights, Caribbean security and defence and disaster and risk management.
In 2014, this senior cop was seconded to the Regional Security System (RSS) headquarters in Barbados.  He served as the staff officer responsible for operations and plans. He has
also served as a facilitator on several leadership RSS training courses.
Rodney holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Science from the Universidad del Valle de Puebla in Mexico, a Certificate in Public Administration from the University of the West Indies (UWI) and a Certificate in Public Relations from the UWI.
Meanwhile, the new deputy commissioner of police, Albert Wade became a member of the police force on October 5, 1982, and today he is the superintendent of prisons, since he was seconded three-and-a-half years ago.
He holds a Master of Science Degree in National Security and Strategic Studies.
Two weeks after completing his initial police training in July 1983, Wade was sent to Panama on his first professional and development course, where he completed the patrol craft electrician’s course. On his return, he was posted to the Antigua and Barbuda Coast Guard, as it was then called, under the command of the police.
In his 35-year career, Wade has worked in almost every department of the police force, including Telecommunications, INTERPOL, Divisional Stations, Tactical Task Forces, Commandant of the Police Training School, and the role of executive officer.
He was the first member of the force to become an RSS instructor. He is also a trained electronic technician, electrician, refrigeration technician, explosive ordinance disposal (EOD) technician and he is certified in the building and repair of personal computers. Wade once held the position of chairman of the Police Welfare Association, secretary of the Police Credit Union, chairman of the St. John’s Lutheran School Board, president of the St. John’s Lutheran Church Council, and was a member of the RSS Training Institute Practice Committee before pursuing his master’s degree.
In 2008 he was made the Antigua and Barbuda National Focal Point for Major Events Security to the Inter-American Committee against Terrorism of the Organization of American States. (Martina Johnson)

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