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Dr Carl Williams takes over as Police Commissioner today

Published:Monday | September 15, 2014 | 8:05 AM
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Dr Carl Williams will be installed as Jamaica’s 28th Police Commissioner this afternoon.



The change of command ceremony will take place at the Police Officers’ Club on Hope Road in St Andrew at 4 p.m.



Williams, who is the country’s fourth top cop in nine years, will take over from Acting Commissioner of Police Glenmore Hinds.



Hinds temporarily took over the reins on July following the sudden retirement of Owen Ellington in June.



Fifty-year-old Williams holds a PhD in Criminal Justice and comes to the post with a track record of innovation and performance in a wide variety of command roles in the JCF.



He is the founding director of Major Organised Crime and Anti-Corruption task force (MOCA) and conceptualiser of the Anti-Lottery Scam Taskforce.



Williams comes to the post during a time when murders are trending down when compared to the similar period last year.



However, he faces major challenges in building trust in a police force many Jamaicans feel is highly corrupt and displays constant disregard for the human rights of citizens.



In announcing the appointment last week, the National Security Minister said Williams will be mandated to give special emphasis to respecting the human rights of citizens.



He has also been tasked with continuing the process of making the police force more professional.



Today's change of command ceremony is expected to be attended by Governor General Sir Patrick Allen, Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller, Leader of the Opposition, Andrew Holness and Minister of National Security, Peter Bunting.



Chief Justice Zaila McCalla and Chief of Defence Staff, Major General Antony Anderson are also expected to be in attendance.



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