Newly-appointed Police Commissioner, George Quallo, begins his first day on the job as his appointment takes effect today.
However, he’ll not be officially sworn-in today. His swearing-in ceremony has been postponed.
Head of the JCF’s Corporate Communications Unit, CCU, Superintendent Stephanie Lindsay, says the ceremony is now tentatively scheduled for some time next week.
Superintendent Lindsay says the date is to be confirmed in a meeting today.
Mr. Quallo is expected to present his plan to fight crime when he’s sworn in.
In an interview with our news centre last week, shortly after the announcement of his appointment, he promised he’d do so ‘in due course’.
Quallo’s appointment has largely been greeted with positive reactions from persons with national security circles.
But he’s taken charge of the leadership of the Police Force with increasing calls for a reduction in murders.
There’s an approximately 20-percent increase in murders this year, compared to the corresponding period last year.
Mr. Quallo replaces Dr. Carl Williams as Jamaica’s 29th Police Commissioner.
Dr. Williams went on early retirement in January this year, after serving two years as Police Commissioner.
Quallo, who was a Deputy Commissioner of Police, was in charge of Territorial Operations in the Jamaica Constabulary Force, giving him control of the Police Areas One to Five.
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