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Outgoing Police Commissioner pleads for continued social intervention in crime fight

Published:Saturday | December 31, 2016 | 10:14 AM
Police Commissioner Dr Carl Williams

The outgoing Police Commissioner Dr Carl Williams has urged the continuation of social intervention and innovation in the fight against crime.

In his last force orders published Friday, Williams said social intervention has to be fully embraced to achieve greater success in areas where criminal masterminds pose formidable challenges.

This year, several major crimes recorded declines compared with last year, but murder, now over 1300, has seen an increase.

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Williams said while social intervention is important, the police had a key role to play in restoring law and order.

"Achieving this will not be possible without our continued commitment to improving public safety, confidence and trust, through the prevention and reduction of all serious, violent and organised crimes," he said.

Williams will leave the Jamaica Constabulary Force on January 7 after serving as commissioner for just over two years.

The 35-year veteran has said he is going on pre-retirement leave for personal reasons and because of his age.

"It is our duty to provide a safe and healthy environment where our law-abiding citizens can live and raise families," Williams told cops.

"In 2017, I urge you to work even harder, build more relationships with members of the communities and share information on best practises internally as we will achieve the success that we have envisioned."