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PSC right to turn down FBI officer for commish post

Published:Thursday | August 28, 2014 | 12:00 AM


I must congratulate the Police Service Commission (PSC) on the decision to not shortlist Wilfred S. Rattigan of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). Yesterday's lead Gleaner story, 'Thanks but no thanks: Diaspora feels dissed as FBI officer is turned down for commish job', reports that the Jamaican diaspora in the United States is angry that Rattigan was not considered for the job of police commissioner.

On reading the article, I had to look up the meaning of the word 'diaspora' because I thought it was people from Jamaica who had given up the right to be called Jamaican. I was taken aback when I read that they wanted a US citizen to head a government body, because to my knowledge the FBI doesn't allow foreign nationals in their ranks. This raises the question: Why have we done it in the past with the British police from Scotland Yard and now with FBI agents from the United States? Are we not capable of leading ourselves? Is that the message we want to continue to perpetually send to the Jamaican people, that anything good must come from abroad?

The Jamaican diaspora seems to be living under the delusion that shortlisting Rattigan would not be special treatment. Last time I checked, special treatment is showing favour as a result of external influence. Is not that exactly what this is? Here we have an external influence (Jamaican diaspora) who are lobbying on behalf of Rattigan to have him shortlisted.

I hope the PSC sticks to its convictions and blocks any politically motivated appointments for the commissioner post.