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CAPI: Winning back confidence in the police should be new commish's priority

Published:Tuesday | September 9, 2014 | 3:12 PM
Dennis Meadows - File

Lobby group Citizens’ Action For Principles And Integrity (CAPI) says it expects the new police commissioner to demonstrate a zero tolerance approach to the gross unprofessionalism and corruption which pervades the force.

Carl Williams is to assume the post on September 15.

Co-convenor of CAPI Dennis Meadows says winning back confidence in the police force must be at the top of Williams’ list of priorities.

Meanwhile, The Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica has pledged its full support to the incoming police commissioner.

Jamaicans are being told not to expect an overnight transformation of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) under the watch of Williams as commissioner of police.

Former Police Commissioner Rear Admiral Hardley Lewin says in addition to the job of transforming the force, the new commissioner will be required to secure a sustained and ultimately accelerated reduction in crime.

According to him, it’s going to be a challenging job.

Lewin says the incoming police commissioner has been well prepared for the tasks but will require support to be successful.

Williams replaces Owen Ellington whose sudden retirement was announced on July 1.

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