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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

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THE rejection of an application by FBI agent Wilfred Rattigan for the post of police commissioner has ignited a debate among Jamaica Observer online readers. Rattigan, a Jamaican, had his application turned down late Tuesday by the Police Services Commission. However, Observer readers have mixed views as to whether he was given a fair chance. Here are some edited comments:


The squaddie mentality. Do not want someone to fight crime. The Diaspora needs to apply the pressure.

perry skyi

@Sounding: Please, I hope they do.


@Sounding: Diaspora does not run Jamaica.


Let us see who ends up getting chosen and whether or not that choice is warranted. I believe someone with Mr Rattigan's experience would serve the constabulary well in some sort of leadership capacity. We need all the help fighting our greatest challenge, crime, as the leaders' heads remain buried in the sand like ostriches.


I do not know this candidate's qualifications; but I am sure he is NOT the kind of person the PNJLP and their cohorts would want in such a sensitive post. To begin with, he is a member of our Diaspora and although the gangs pay lip service to the Diaspora they are deadly afraid of Jamaicans exposed overseas. With his FBI background and contacts the next thing you know they would have to be holding Parliament in GP and all the garrisons open up and the dons in jail. What a Jamaica that would be!

Leroy Falconer

I would love to call all the companies that did not hire me and ask them why not, (probably give them a piece of my mind too). Rattigan, what's your plan? Hmm. Why do you need this job so badly, and if you are so well decorated with experiences and qualifications why not show them their mistake for [not] shortlisting you?

Foreign Geek

The nerve of some people! He wants to serve up Jamaica to the US on a silver platter!

perry skyi

@Foreign Geek: Satire, maybe?

Andrea Lewis

Well there it goes. Proves my point no one is about cleaning up crimes. They refuse yet everyday people gun down .


He sounds qualified for the post! Hmmm... wonder what is it they are looking for!


@mooney65: To continue the status quo.


@mooney65: Fren.

Duke Prepre

@mooney65: By their standard, he is overqualified for the job.


@mooney65: They are looking for a senior police officer who grew up in the corrupt system, who doesn't have a clue what crime-fighting is all about. He has to have at least 15 years experience of going to the station on a daily basis, doing nothing, using the service vehicles to take his wife/girlfriend to wherever she wants to go, and taking his children to school. Moreover, whenever the traffic is heavy on the road, he turns on the siren to ensure his kids reaches school on time, or his partner reaches wherever she is going on time. Those, my friend, among other attributes of non-performance, will qualify someone for the job.


@mooney65: He probably doesn't look corruptible (best word I could come up with).

John Rosser

He seems over qualified to me. We need someone with the ability to promote and roll out community policing. There are enough hard cases and paramilitary people in the JCF.

Tommy Green

He should have got an interview at the very least. The best suitable person for the job doesn't necessarily have to come from within. To truly change the culture of the JCF, I think that the commissioner should be one who doesn't have any ties or affiliation with the rank and file members. This way he can make unbiased decisions for the betterment of the force and Jamaica in general.


FBI agent? You mad? He would be too effective as commissioner.


Why would they hire him if he is capable of exposing corruption in the force and politics? Dem fraid ah him!


...We need Rattigan, he has the training to defend our country against terrorists who are murdering and burning the houses with women and children. How can we reject a man who is from the world's most intelligent police department? Is it that the Government is not serious about the eradication of illegal weapons and crime of all sorts? Let's wait and see.




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