The Royal Barbados Police Force (RBPF) was plunged into shock today at the passing of one of its high-ranking officers. Acting Assistant Commissioner of Police responsible for Crime Management and Investigation Lionel Mark Thompson died today in Colombia, South America afterunder going heart surgery.
ACP Thompson, 53, who had been ailing for sometime, was one of two senior officers touted to be the next Commissioner of Police. He joined the Force on March 2, 1981 and during his 34-year career, served in various management positions, including Acting Assistant Commissioner in 2012. At one point, he was attached to the Criminal Investigation Division (CID) attaining the rank of Assistant Superintendent. He also served as Commandant of the Regional Police Training Centre at Seawell before returning to Bridgetown to take command of that division and later, CID Headquarters.
“We are saddened to announce the untimely passing of Lionel Mark Thompson, Acting Assistant Commissioner of Police of the Royal Barbados Police Force,” a statement from the office of the Commissioner of Police said today.
“Assistant Commissioner Thompson died today at the age of 53. At the time, he was overseas receiving medial attention.
“The Commissioner of Police, Gazetted Officers, Inspectors and rank and file of the Force wish to extend deepest and heartfelt sympathy to his wife, children and extended family,” the statement concluded. (EJ)