Police Federation wants Harriott to go

Thursday, February 08, 2018

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THE Jamaica Police Federation yesterday called for the resignation of Professor Anthony Harriott as head of the Police Civilian Oversight Authority (PCOA), citing what it called the professor's “erroneous and disparaging comments made against Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) members”.

The federation, in a release, said assertions that the JCF is toxic, and “the occupational culture of the police force is one where you take the car and you go off and drink rum and do no investigation” serves only to further marginalise and demoralise the already overburdened members of the constabulary.

“It is alarming that an entity such as the PCOA that was established to assist in the transformation of the Jamaica Constabulary Force into a professional, disciplined and service-oriented Police Service has made such spurious claims against its members without articulating one credible source of data to substantiate his claim,” Chairman of the Police Federation Sergeant Cecil McCalla said.

McCalla said that since the article was published Professor Harriott has had ample time to retract or clarify his statement, neither of which he has done, “therefore, the Police Federation is demanding that Professor Harriott does the honourable thing and resign as chairman of the Police Civilian Oversight Authority with immediate effect”.

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