Quallo Faces Pushback for Palisadoes Gridlock Report

Police Commissioner George Quallo is facing pushback from elements in the High Command of the Constabulary Force about statements made in his report about the Palisadoes/Airport traffic fiasco.

In the report he submitted to National Security Minister, Robert Montague last Friday, Commissioner Quallo stated that written approval was given by the Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge of operations for the Sandz Party to take place.

Clifford Blake is the only serving DCP in charge of operations in the Police Force.

DCP Blake is this afternoon denying Commissioner Quallo’s suggestion that he gave permission for the Sandz party, which caused the traffic debacle, to go ahead.

DCP Blake says it must be noted that the policy of the JCF does not include the operations portfolio as an office which should be consulted when permits for entertainment events are being granted.

DCP Blake is adamant that the Commissioner’s claim that the DCP in charge of operations gave written permission for the Sandz party to take place is not accurate.

Nationwide News understands that a Senior Superintendent of Police signed the letter which Commissioner Quallo made reference to in his report.

The Commissioner is also facing criticism from within the High Command for his report which failed to recommend decisive action against Superintendent Robert Walker who’s the Commanding Officer for the East Kingston Division where the Palisadoes road is located.

High Command sources who requested anonymity say the actions of the Police Chief are inconsistent with his recent decision to sanction two senior officers who were blamed for the inadvertent public release of information about an illegal gun shipment to Jamaica.

Quallo is also coming under fire from some members of the High Command for asking an Assistant Commissioner of Police to decide whether Constable Sanday Andrade should be sanctioned for starting the Sandz Party before the time approved in the permit to stage the event.

The High Command members say in passing the buck it appears the Commissioner is acting as if he’s a Superintendent of Police.

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