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FLASHBACK: Promises and pronouncements of Commissioner Carl Williams

Published:Thursday | December 22, 2016 | 6:12 PM
After 33 years in the Jamaica Constabulary Force, Police Commissioner Dr Carl Williams is to step down on January 6, 2017.

On Monday, September 15, 2014 Dr Carl McKay Williams took the Oath of Office as the 28th Commissioner of Police of the Jamaica Constabulary Force.

During his inauguration he set out several plans to improve service delivery of the constabulary and to help to raise its profile.

After 33 years in the force, the Commissioner is to step down on January 6.

Here’s a look of some of the pronouncements of Commissioner Williams since his appointment as chief constable two years ago.

I commit to rooting out corruption
"I give you my personal commitment that under my watch, the JCF will act decisively to remove any member who has chosen the path of corruption. The creation of the new MOCA (Major Organised Crime and Anti-Corruption Agency) which combines the best resources of the former MOCA task force and the anti corruption branch, will strengthen our ability to root out and prosecute those who undermine the mission of the security forces and tarnish the reputation of the JCF."

Commish promises accountability and transparency
Published September 14, 2014

"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 (Corporate Communications Unit).”

Williams vows to reshape JCF image
Published November 28, 2014

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

Stop counting bodies
Published July 3, 2015 

“Everybody needs to know that it's not just the police, but they, too, have a role to play instead of standing aside and counting bodies. The community and the media also have a role to play.”

Scammer Appeal - Commish wants secret disclosures from MoBay business interests
Published July 4, 2016 
"Lottery scamming is the evil that is so pervasive across Jamaica. It is the most significant reason for the upsurge in violence.”
"A lot of people in businesses know about the people who are committing crimes in relation to lottery scamming. We would like them to tell us what’s happening, even if they cannot refuse to do business with these scammers. They can tell us what’s happening.”

Commish defends move to have FBI 'Set Up Shop' in Jamaica
Published September 23, 2016

"Criminals cooperate with each other to commit crimes, and law enforcement must do the same to defeat them. International law enforcement co-operation is the best way to pursue criminals who, in committing their crimes, show no concern for national or jurisdictional boundaries," he said.

Murder spike driven by gang migration, decline of sugar
Published September 30, 2016

"What we have seen in the last decade, or so, is violence shifting from the urban communities of Kingston and St Andrew to the rural communities, so there is a shift in the murders from urban to rural."

Cops trained in domestic violence intervention
Published: Saturday December 3, 2016

"Despite efforts of the JCF to stem incidents of domestic violence, it is impossible for the police to always be present before incidents occur, and so there are some contributing factors that occur outside of the control of the police."