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Security minister denies interfering in process to select police commissioner

Published:Sunday | April 9, 2017 | 4:41 AM
National Security Minister Robert Montague has a tete-a-tete with acting Commissioner of Police Novelette Grant at the Jamaica Conference Centre, downtown Kingston, on January 17.

National Security Minister Robert Montague has denied interfering in the process to select the next police commissioner.

There has been speculation that the PSC recommended the appointment of Miss Grant to replace Dr Carl Williams. But that recommendation was reportedly rejected by the government.

Speaking to the Gleaner/Power106 news centre yesterday, Montague said the government respects the selection process and, like the rest of the country, is awaiting the decision of the PSC.

He described the members of the PSC as patriotic Jamaicans and said they must be allowed to do their job without pressure.

Montague said the position of police commissioner was too important at this time to be subjected to rumours and innuendos and urged Jamaicans to respect the process and the integrity of the members of the PSC.