Kingston East police commander transferred

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

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THE Jamaica Constabulary's Corporate Communications Unit (CCU) has confirmed that Superintendent Victor Hamilton will replace Superintendent Robert Walker as commanding officer for the Kingston East Division.

Walker is reportedly being sent to the Area 4 Headquarters at Harman Barracks.

It was not clear, however, if the traffic nightmare on the Palisadoes road during the Sandz beach party on New Year's Day was the reason for the transfer of the senior policeman.

Poor police supervision was partially blamed for the traffic chaos along the Palisadoes main road leading to Norman Manley International Airport on January 1. The debacle was described as an embarrassment to the police.

When the Jamaica Observer queried if Walker's transfer had anything to do the New Year's Day fiasco, the CCU said officers are transferred to different divisions regularly, and this move was not unusual.

The pile-up of traffic created great inconvenience for people arriving and leaving the island as motorists, including airport employees, were stuck in traffic for hours while making their way to and from the airport. There were reports that some people missed flights that day.

Promoters of the event blamed the chaos on non-cooperating patrons and apologised to the public for the inconvenience.

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