Jamaica’s National Security Minister Rejects Top Cop’s Report on Traffic Chaos

National Security Minister Robert Montague 


KINGSTON, Jamaica, Wednesday January 3, 2018 – National Security Minister Robert Montague got the report he requested on the massive traffic congestion on the only road to the Norman Manley International Airport on Monday, which resulted in flight delays and airline passengers missing their flights. But he isn’t happy with it.

He has rejected the report from Police Commissioner George Quallo, describing it as inadequate and disappointing.

The Palisadoes Road was blocked for several hours on New Year’s Day, because patrons of the Sandz party which was in the vicinity of the airport inappropriately parked their vehicles and then left the venue in a disorganized manner. The organizers of the fete have apologized for the trouble caused.

Traffic backed up on Palisadoes Road.


Quallo submitted a report yesterday evening as asked of him by Montague, who wanted to know the conditions surrounding the issuing of the permit, the policing plan that was put in place for the event, and steps that would be taken to hold someone accountable.

But in a statement today, the minister said the report did not address questions he put to the top cop.

He said it failed to outline the conditions of approval for the event and did not clearly set out what policing plan was put in place for the event.

Montague chided the Police High Command, saying he expects it to demonstrate the level of accountability that is required in the circumstances.

He has granted the Police Commissioner’s request for more time to prepare a comprehensive report and to submit it on Friday.

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