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PSC to meet to select interim police chief

Published:Sunday | January 28, 2018 | 6:09 PM
Outgoing Police Commissioner George Quallo

The Professor Gordon Shirley-chaired Police Service Commission (PSC) is expected to meet tomorrow to name an interim police commissioner. 

The PSC is again searching for a new commissioner following the decision of current Commissioner of Police George Quallo, to walk away from the job. 

Quallo, who was appointed only last July, was slated to retire by August this year. 

However, he has been at odds with National Security Minister Robert Montague over the country's spiralling crime, especially murders.

More than 1,600 people were murdered last year and so far more than 140 have been killed this year. 

In a release late yesterday, the PSC thanked Quallo for agreeing to serve and indicated that he would have reached the normal retirement period at the end of January.

The PSC says it’s customary for police officers to demit office at this retirement point, as they would maintain all their retirement benefits.

It confirmed that Quallo would go on pre-retirement leave on Wednesday, January 31.