Senior cops say commish should quietly withdraw Area One Commander Donovan Graham
Senior police personnel in western Jamaica are suggesting that Commissioner George Quallo quietly withdraw Area One commander Donovan Graham.
Graham was one of five cops that the West Kingston Commission of Enquiry recommended be barred from participating in or leading future internal operations over credible allegations of wrongdoing in the 2010 Tivoli operation.
Initially, it appeared that Graham would not have had any issues when Quallo accepted the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) administrative review, which exonerated the assistant commissioner and the four others named in the report.
Quallo shifted his position after meeting with National Security Minister, Robert Montague on Saturday saying instead that the JCF accepted the report of the Tivoli Commission of Enquiry.
However, Quallo said as area commander, Graham would not be involved in operations.
But several senior police personnel from western Jamaica, who spoke on condition of anonymity, insisted that as Area One commander, the operations officers in the four parishes have to report to Graham, and therefore, technically, he is the head of operations in the region.
One senior officer said the issue had to be addressed with the zones of special operations law likely to be implemented soon.
He explained that any Tivoli-like scenario would see the JCF and the government facing a backlash from human rights and other groups.
The senior officer said it’s in the best interest of the JCF, that Quallo quietly withdraw Graham.