Commissioner Carl Williams vows to reshape image of JCF
Tamara Bailey, Gleaner Writer
WITH CRITICISMS that the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) has failed to act in tandem with the mandate to serve and protect fairly and lawfully, Commissioner of Police Dr Carl Williams has said he plans to change the face of the organisation.
Speaking on Monday at an inaugural public lecture at Northern Caribbean University to mark day two of the JCF's 147th anniversary weeklong celebrations, Williams said the internal issues of the JCF has affected its output. However, he noted that the body still deserves credit.
"Over the years, we have had numerous challenges ... we are a group of people that are overworked and some would say underpaid. We are under-resourced and we have to deal with the monster of crime which is the national security problem as I'm not sure there is anything comparable ...," Williams told the gathering.
Having been listed as the third most murderous country in the world in 2009, with a number of gangs ranging from 200-400, Williams said, every major category of crime has seen a double-digit reduction, and an era of smarter policing is evolving.
"I am not proud to stand here, however, and say this to you, but there is a perception out there that the police are unprofessional ... not necessarily true because a majority of the police officers are professional, but the few who continue to tarnish the name of the force give the impression that the entire force is unprofessional. We will have to fix that."
The 30-year veteran who said he had several options, but chose to serve in the JCF, is committed to the task of transforming and culturing mindsets for a more professionalised body.
"The JCF for the future will have no place for those who continue to tarnish it ... there must be accountability and transparency at all levels, from the constable to the commissioner, both internally and externally ... we have since appointed an information operations manager who will be strategically placed to provide information and coordinate events similar to that of the CCU (Constabulary Communications Unit)," said Williams.