Friday 25 September, 2020

JCF, POA deny reports that the police commissioner quitted

Police Commissioner, George Quallo (left) and National Security Minister, Robert Montague, at the recent presentation of a batch of pre-owned vehicles to the constabulary force.

Police Commissioner, George Quallo (left) and National Security Minister, Robert Montague, at the recent presentation of a batch of pre-owned vehicles to the constabulary force.

Both the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) and the Police Officers’ Association (POA), have refuted a media reports that Police Commission George Quallo had tendered his resignation after a meeting with National Security Minister, Robert Montague, on Monday.

In a statement, the Constabulary Communication Unit (CCU) of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) said the commissioner has refuted reports being circulating in the media of his separation from the JCF.

The statement said Commissioner Quallo, whose career in the JCF spans 41 years, reaffirmed his commitment to the people of Jamaica, and asserted that he will continue to lead the men and women of the force in fulfilling their primary responsibility to serve, protect and reassure the population.

Another statement from the CCU on behalf of the POA, similarly asserted that the commissioner had not resigned.

The POA statement said “despite all the distractions, he remains in charge of all the operations of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF), and continues to be supported by the Officer Corps in managing the security interests of Jamaica.”

The group outlined that in a show of support for Quallo, the executive of the POA escorted him to the meeting with the Minister of National Security.

The group said after the meeting, the executive visited the commissioner and had further discussions with him, during which he indicated that he had not tendered his resignation, a position which the POA said it fully supports.

The POA said there “needs to be some intervention to address issues that were previously raised, and repair the strained relationship between the Commissioner of Police and the Minister of National Security.”

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