Jamaica News: Jamaica Police Federation – The Supreme Court on Friday, March 15, ruled that embattled former head Chairman of the Jamaica Police Federation Corporal Arlene McBean, be immediately reinstated back to the position of Chairman.
Corporal McBean was voted out as Chairman of the Federation on Monday, January 28, after serving eight months at the helm of the Jamaica Constabulary Force Governing body.
Corporal McBean was stripped of her position following a meeting which was held at the Jamaica Police Federation Central Committee Headquarters, in Kingston on Monday, January 28.
During the meeting, it was decided on that the members of the executive committee which consist of the Chairman, General Secretary, Welfare Officer, Legal Officer and three other board members should vote among themselves, to decide on McBean’s faith. The alleged illegal votes were cast and McBean’s position as Chairman was overturned.
In February of 2019, Corporal McBean acquired the services of a legal team and brought her concerns before the court.
During the final sitting on Friday, her Attorney Hugh Wildman pointed out to the court that Inspector Sheldon Gordon, who was elevated from Secretary to Chairman, was not legally placed in their position and that based on the laws governing the Federation, Corporal McBean was legally still the chairman of the organization.
The court then immediately made a ruling that Corporal McBean should be reinstated with immediate effect.
Corporal McBean who was elected as Police Federation Chairman in May of 2018, reportedly had a falling out with several of the Federation Board members, with whom she did not see eye to eye.
At that time, former General Secetary, Inspector of police Sheldon Gordon, was elevated to position of Police Federation Chairman, while Legal affairs Director, Sergeant Patrae Rowe, moved up a notch to General Secretary.