JCF saddened by senior cop's sudden death
Yesterday's sudden passing of a senior member of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF), Assistant Commissioner of Police Winchroy Budhoo, is being described by many as a great loss to crime fighting in Jamaica.
THE STAR understands that Budhoo was at work yesterday morning, but left for home in the afternoon. While at home, he became ill and was rushed to the May Pen Hospital where he died.
Budhoo was assigned to the operations portfolio of the JCF after what has been described as a successful stint as commander for Area One.
Several of his colleagues were saddened by his death and spoke extensively about his character and how he was able to positively impact those who came in contact with him.
ACP Millicent Sproul-Thomas told THE STAR that, "He is a team player. He is a genuine person. Whatever the situation is and you call on ACP Budhoo, he always makes himself available."
HARD WORKINGAND COMMITTED
She also described him as a man who was very organised and good at his job.
ACP Fitz Bailey, in reflecting on his colleague's passing, said, "Mr Budhoo was a great man, a real police officer who was hard working, committed to his job. He was a person that is very loyal and he had a passion to see crime reduction. He wanted Jamaica to be a peaceful place as our vision 2030 said to live, raise families and do business."
Describing Budhoo as a quiet man, Bailey said his death is a major blow to the JCF.
Budhoo also made and impact in the western end of the island where he was also based for a number of years. Clive 'Karate Georgie' Lawrence, a former western Jamaica crime fighter said, "The force has lost a very good man. A decent and upstanding officer. He was quite balanced in his judgement and was always approachable. I am sure he is going to be greatly missed."
During his stint in the Area One Police Division, ACP Budhoo was able to win the confidence of the public, especially in St James, where he and senior superintendent Steve McGregor used effective community policing strategies to forge ties with volatile communities like Rose Heights and Flankers.