Friday 22 November, 2019

Quallo expected to resubmit Palisadoes traffic jam report on Friday

Police Commissioner George Quallo

Police Commissioner George Quallo

Under pressure Police Commissioner George Quallo is expected to submit on Friday, a more fulsome report on the massive pile-up of traffic along the Palisadoes Road on New Year’s Day, to National Security Minister Robert Montague.

The gridlock that lasted at least six hours, prevented persons from accessing the Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston, stretching for miles all the way to the Jamaica Flour Mills and causing many to miss their flights.

The cause of the traffic jam was a beach party called ‘Sandz’ which was being held at the Gunboat beach. Social media lit up with posts on Monday and in the days following with persons both inside and outside Jamaica questioning how access to an international airport could be blocked by a party.

The resulting embarrassment caused Montague to demand a report from Quallo on Wednesday. Specifically, the security minister wanted an outline of the conditions surrounding the issuing of the permit for the party; the policing plan that was put in place for the event, and the steps that will be taken to hold someone accountable.

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Apparently Quallo’s report that was submitted Wednesday was woefully short in the eyes of Montague who is adamant that someone must be held accountable for the debacle. In a stinging rebuke of Quallo’s initial report, Montague said it “did not meet the standards which the Jamaican public has come to expect from the Jamaica Constabulary Force.”

Montague said the report was inadequate as it did not address the questions he raised; it did not outline the conditions of approval (for the party) and did not clearly speak to a policing plan that was put in place for the event. The security minister said he expects the Police High Command to demonstrate the level of accountability that is required in the circumstances. 

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