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Oct 4, 2017

Commissioner Not Ready to Step Down Yet

Allen Whylie

Commissioner of Police Allen Whylie says he is not quite fifty years old and has held his current job for nearly five years.  He politely disagreed with our position that his tenure has not been the best in terms of addressing crime, but the question remains: is his time as top cop winding down? Whylie says no – he will not pay attention to the ‘speculation’ about a successor due to his recent sick leave, but continue to concentrate on fighting crime and making the Department into tip-top shape.

 

Allen Whylie, Commissioner of Police

“What I’ll say, sir is that there is always speculation about people. I am made of flesh and bones, contrary to people’s opinion – I am not a machine. And there are times that I am subject to being ill and I have been ill, but I am back, I am pleased to be back, I’ll continue to give my hundred and ten percent and that is where that is. I am the Commissioner of Police today, and I am the Commissioner of Police until such time. I will not concern myself or worry about things I have no control over; what I will do is I will continue to perform as best as I am able to. And I disagree with you in terms of saying that the administration since I have been Commissioner has not been of the best, because during my four years and counting, we’ve had ups and downs in terms of crime. We have seen crime, especially murder being at its lowest peak; we’ve never had it to the highest peak although we have been there. But we have to understand there is ebb and flow and cycles of crime. I cannot concern myself in terms of the naysayers – I have got to remain focused on the task at hand, and it’s a huge task; it’s not a task that anyone can doubt themselves. We are two thousand strong and of course, there are other persons within the department who has their own ambitions and I respect that, but as the Commissioner of Police, I will remain focused on the task at hand.”

 

Whylie told us he is five years away from mandatory retirement from the Public Service, at the age of fifty-five.

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