A member of the Jamaica Constabulary Force, JCF, is said to be among the promoters of the popular New Years day party, Sandz, which on Monday disrupted operations at the country’s premier airport, the Norman Manley International Airport, NMIA in Kingston.
There was a severe traffic gridlock on the Palisadoes Highway on Monday, from as early as 5:00 in the afternoon, as partygoers headed to the event.
The Palisadoes Highway is the only vehicular route to an from the airport. The gridlock was reportedly caused by a severe breakdown in the Police traffic management.
Nationwide News understands that a Policeman attached to the Major Investigation Division, MID, is among the promoters of the event.
It’s also understood the father of another of the Promoters of the event is a retired senior Policeman.
A probe is also underway into reports that some Police personnel who provided security services at the party are attached to the Protective Services.
Questions are also mounting within the Constabulary about why the Police Traffic Division or the top brass of the JCF’s Area 4 Headquarters were NOT formally advised of plans to hold the party at such a sensitive location.
Yesterday, Police Traffic Division Head, Senior Superintendent Calvin Allen told our news center that his Division was not informed that the event would take place.
The embarrassing and stunning over six-hour-long traffic gridlock which disrupted and compromised operations at the Airport is sending ripples throughout the hierarchy of the Constabulary Force.
Yesterday, National Security Minister Robert Montague instructed Police Commissioner George Quallo to submit a report explaining the incident which caused several flights to be delayed and a number of people to miss their flights.
Minister Montague had directed the Commissioner to submit a full report by 5:00 yesterday afternoon. It’s understood that Commissioner Quallo submitted the report approximately 2 hours late.
Quallo has reportedly asked for additional time to submit a more comprehensive report. Some Government officials are describing the preliminary report submitted by Commissioner Quallo as unimpressive and unacceptable.