I have had the best and worst of times in the JCF, says Quallo
Commissioner George Quallo in the 'hot seat' back then
George Quallo demitted office as Commissioner of Police last week with a roller-coaster experience that included him and newly-appointed Acting Commissioner, Clifford Blake, in office simultaneously on Thursday, something which the constabulary has since sought to pass off as the handing over of responsibility for the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF).
Despite the rather uncomfortable exit for Quallo, his pride at having served in the top post within the JCF has never been in doubt, and was expressed in very clear terms by the commissioner in a written statement to the members of the JCF on January 31, which was to have been his last day in office.
Loop News presents below, the full text of the then outgoing commissioner to his colleagues, which included gratitude, advice, encouragement and assurances:
“Colleagues, it has been my distinct pleasure to have served you in the office of Commissioner since last April. I thank you for you unwavering support, and for remaining dedicated to the task to serve, protect and reassure the people of Jamaica.
“It is your support, my faith in God, love for country and the JCF that have kept me grounded throughout the over 40 years I have served.
Police Commissioner George Quallo in happy times at a reception in his honour
I’ve experienced the best and worst of times during my sojourn. These experiences have moulded me into the man I am today. I am proud of my service and accomplishments.
“As I reflect on my career, I can say unequivocally that I gave of my best; I gave my time, my attention and my dedication. I leave this organisation with the belief that I have positively impacted many lives, and with the assurance that there are many who remain who have done and will continue to do the same.
“I encourage you all to remain resolute in the face of sometimes overwhelming adversity. Remain focussed and in allegiance to the oath of office. Continue to build and sustain relationships with those you serve. I can attest to the tremendous value of these relationships towards crime-fighting and peace building.
“I wish you all the very best in your personal and professional lives and, again, thank you.”