Superintendent transferred following Palisadoes gridlock debacle
Created : 16 January 2018
Superintendent Robert Walker
Commanding Officer for the East Kingston Division, Superintendent Robert Walker, has been transferred to Police Area 4 Headquarters with immediate effect.
Confirmation of the transfer has come via a statement from the Corporate Communications Unit (CCU) of the Jamaica Constabulary Force.
Speculation had been rife that action would have been taken against Walker following the massive pile-up of traffic on the Palisadoes Road caused by unruly motorists attending the Sandz party along the strip. The six-hour-long gridlock prevented persons from entering or leaving the Norman Manley International Airport resulting in several flights being delayed.
No official reason has been given for Walker’s transfer. However, there were reports that some members of the High Command felt that Police Commissioner George Quallo should have recommended that Walker be sanctioned as the officer in charge of the division where the incident took place, in his report to national Security Minister, Robert Montague.
The Mayor of Kingston, Delroy Williams, has said it was a lack of enforcement that caused the gridlock.