PSOJ Urges PSC to Keep Search for New Police Commissioner within JCF

Head of the Private Sector Organization of Jamaica, Howard Mitchell, is urging the recently reconfigured Police Service Commission, PSC, not to limit itself to current members of the JCF in searching for a Commissioner of Police.

Professor Gordon Shirley, who remains Chairman and one other member are the only returning faces to the PSC.

Mr. Mitchell says one of the main criteria for a new Police Commissioner will be integrity.

The Police Service Commission was reconstituted on February one with Professor Gordon Shirley remaining at the helm.

Speaking with Nationwide News this afternoon PSOJ President, Howard Mitchell, says he has no issue with Professor Shirley returning to chair the PSC.

Returning with Professor Shirley is retired businessman, Dr. Marshal Hall.

The new members are former Chief of Defence Staff, Rear Admiral, Peter Brady…former Chairman of the Police Civilian Oversight Authority, Professor Anthony Harriott and the Reverend Dr. Maitland Evans.

The first task of the new PSC will be the appointment of a new Police Commissioner. They’ll be replacing Police Commissioner, George Quallo, who demitted office last month.

A PSC advertisement in the papers over the weekend says applications will be open until February 21.

Mr. Mitchell is urging the PSC not to limit itself to members of the JCF.

He says a new Police Chief must meet specific criteria.

However, while not directly objecting to a current JCF member being elevated to the position, he questions whether the officers have sufficiently proven they meet the requirements for the top job.