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No hatchet to bury’ - Security Minister and Police Commissioner in public show of unity

Published:Friday | January 12, 2018 | 12:00 AMArthur Hall/Associate Editor
Norman Grindley/Chief Photo Editor Minister of National security Robert Montague (left) fastens one of the Jamaica Constabulary Corce's 150th anniversary pins on the uniform of George Quallo commissioner of police during the handing over of commemorative pins at a function held at the commissioner's Old Hope Road office, St Andrew, yesterday.
Norman Grindley/Chief Photo Editor Minister of National Security Robert Montague (left) chats with George Quallo commissioner of police during the handing over of Jamaica Constabulaty Force's 150th anniversary commemorative pins. The function was held at the commissioner's Old Hope Road office yesterday.
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Police Commissioner George Quallo and Minister of National Security Robert Montague shared smiles, handshakes, and even a short embrace yesterday as they sought to dispel claims that their relationship had broken down.

Following a meeting at the Ministry of National Security on Monday, reports surfaced that Montague had lost confidence in the commissioner and suggested that it was time for him to go.

With the backing of the Police Officers' Association, Quallo went public to deny that he had resigned but made no comments on the claims that the minister had lost confidence in him.

Yesterday Montague travelled to the commissioner's office to hand over some 14,000 pins, minted by the security ministry, to mark the 150th anniversary of the Jamaica Constabulary Force.

Following the official handover, Montague sought to downplay reports of a rift with Quallo as he responded to journalists.

According to Montague, he remains on the same page with Quallo - committed to tackling the crime monster.

"There was no hatchet to bury," said Montague in response to questions from The Gleaner before going into a private meeting with Quallo.

According to Montague, the brief meeting was to look at areas of additional support for the programmes of Quallo and his team.

"The ministry is singularly committed to providing the necessary resources to the constabulary force. We have been doing that, giving the resources, giving the policy support, giving the legislative support, and we will continue doing that and redouble our efforts because all Jamaicans ... have to get all hands on deck.

"The commissioner and I remain on the same page and we have one goal," added Montague as he pointed journalists to Quallo for confirmation.

But the commissioner restricted his comments to, "I have no issues."

arthur.hall@gleanerjm.com