Blake takes helm of JCF amid McGregor’s declared interest in the post
Acting Police Commissioner, Clifford Blake
Effective Thursday, February 1, Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) Clifford Blake, who is in charge of the Strategic Operations portfolio, will act as Commissioner of Police.
His appointment was sanctioned by the Police Service Commission (PSC) following the sudden resignation of Commissioner George Quallo who had seven months until he reaches the retirement age of 60 in August of this year, at which time he was expected to leave the force.
Quallo, who served his last day on the job on Wednesday, having had only nine months as the top cop, had fallen out of favour with the political directorate largely over the spiralling murder rate nationally, which saw 1,616 people killed in 2017, and more than 140 in January.
He was also facing criticism as being an ineffective leader who was incapable of motivating the men and women under his command.
Additionally, he was chastised for not having officially held any of his senior officers accountable for the embarrassing Palisadoes road gridlock debacle on New Year’s Day.
Acting Assistant Commissioner of Police, Steve McGregor
Meanwhile, Acting Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP), Steve McGregor, has indicated that he is interested in the top job. McGregor, who spoke in Montego Bay, St James on Wednesday, described himself as a prime candidate for the position.
He is currently in charge of the JCF’s Community Safety and Security Branch, and is very experienced in policing, having served as commanding officer in four police divisions, namely St James, St Thomas, Kingston Western and Kingston Central.