Tuesday 16 January, 2018

‘No beef’ between us, says Montague, supported by Quallo

Police Commissioner, George Quallo (left), and National Security  Minister, Robert Montague, say they are on one page, as they seemed to be at a recent function to hand over police vehicles.

Police Commissioner, George Quallo (left), and National Security Minister, Robert Montague, say they are on one page, as they seemed to be at a recent function to hand over police vehicles.

National Security Minister, Robert Montague, has said there is no truth to reports that there is a breakdown in the working relationship between himself and Police Commissioner, George Quallo.

“Myself and the commissioner, we are on the same page, we have one goal,” Montague told Loop News on Thursday morning.

The minister and police commissioner gave responses to public concerns on the matter following the handing-over of pins to the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) to mark the organisation’s 150th anniversary.

Police Commissioner Quallo, in his response, shared similar sentiments.

“Absolutely no issue; I have no problem,” the commissioner said, indicating that both himself and the minister were committed to tackling the country’s challenging crime problem.

Montaque said to effectively deal with the crime problem, the Government is looking at a number of strategies.

“The ministry is singularly committed to providing the necessary resources to the constabulary force. We have been doing that, giving the resources, giving the policy support, giving the legislative support, and we will continue doing that and redouble our efforts because all Jamaicans... have to get all hands on deck,” said Montague.

Montague denied reports that he asked Quallo to resign following a meeting between the two men on Monday.

The meeting was held to discuss the commissioner's report on the New Year’s Day traffic jam on the Palisadoes Road in East Kingston, which significantly affected operations at the Norman Manley International Airport (NMIA).