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Acting Police Commish: Culture of using gender to determine job suitability needs questioning

Published:Monday | January 30, 2017 | 11:20 AM
Grant says competence and passion should be the main factors in determining who gets a job.

Acting commissioner of police, Novelette Grant, says the Jamaican society needs to question why the local culture insists on considering jobs for people based on their gender.

She made the comments yesterday as she addressed student leaders of the Mona campus of the University of the West Indies at a leadership breakfast in St Andrew.

Grant, who is seeking to become the first female commissioner of the 150-year-old Jamaica Constabulary Force, told the student leaders that part of their role involves questioning practices to determine whether they are promoting the best interest of the society.

She said competence and passion should be the main factors in determining who gets a job.

Grant is acting as commissioner for 90 days while the Police Services Commission searches for a permanent replacement for Dr Carl Williams who stepped down on January 6.

Without explanation, the  Gordon Shirley-led commission has extended the deadline for applications to February 6.

The initial deadline was January 23 and sources say nearly 20 applications were received.