'Promote the cops' - Montague wants deserving police to get higher ranks
Jamaica's national security minister, Robert Montague, has taken the Police Service Commission to task for its failure to promote scores of cops.
Montague is adamant that there is money in the budget to pay the increased salaries that will come as a result of the promotions. He said that there are some 385 vacancies at various levels of the force.
"I am calling on the Police Service Commission, chaired by Professor Gordon Shirley, to promote deserving policemen and women. If they are not deserving then do not promote them, but a number of vacancies are available and this administration has the money to pay them," Montague said.
He said that there are 64 vacancies for inspector; 85 vacancies for assistant superintendent; 14 for deputy superintendent; 11 for superintendent; 10 for senior superintendent; two for assistant commissioner; and one for deputy commissioner.
Minister Montague said that Commissioner of Police George Quallo should ensure that rank and file members of the force are promoted.
"It is within the Commissioner's remit to promote 152 constables to corporals and 46 corporals to sergeants. Promote them now, or state why they are not being promoted," Montague said.
HELP WITH MOTIVATION
He said that there has been no broad scale promotion of police personnel over the past 17 months and argued that promotion of cops could help tackle the demotivation and demoralisation faced by members of the Force.
"This cannot continue. It is unfair, it is not right and something must be done. The ministry is doing its part by moving to increase the number of recruits, but the Police Service Commission and the commissioner must also facilitate the process of motivating the rank and file members. It is a shame that these men and women who put their lives on the line every day, cannot reap the benefits of a promotion. It is demotivating and demoralising and it must not continue," Montague said.