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Williams says goodbye to JCF colleagues

Published:Saturday | December 31, 2016 | 12:00 AM

Police Commissioner Dr Carl Williams bade farewell to the men and women of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) in his last Force Orders published yesterday.

Williams, who goes off on retirement next Friday, in his new year's message to the JCF, said saying goodbye is often the hardest task.

He said the JCF is closing out 2016 with what he called mixed emotions, pointing out that the year presented members with monumental challenges.

The police commissioner said that despite the setbacks, the JCF seized over 660 illegal firearms, including several rifles and shotguns, and 8,970 rounds of ammunition and arrested over 650 persons.

Williams said the country recorded more murders than anticipated, but he appealed to the others not to become disheartened.

"We know well that had it not been for the valiant efforts of our members in St Catherine North, Kingston Western, and many other divisions across Jamaica, the figure might have been much higher. I want to thank every member of the JCF for your continued service despite the hardships we have faced throughout the year," the commissioner said.

He implored members to work even harder for 2017, build more relationships with members of the communities, and share information on best practices.