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Top cop will have hands full

Published:Wednesday | September 10, 2014 | 12:00 AM


I am pleased that we have been able to appoint a new commissioner of police from the ranks of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF), amid the self-serving thoughtlessness and uninformed hysteria about appointing a foreign national, even with Jamaican antecedents.

I hope Carl Williams, the new commissioner, will quickly get on with the business of transforming the JCF into a professional unit. Breaking the backbone of entrenched disregard for human rights, crushing the vast brotherhood of corruption in his organisation, and providing this nation with a policing organisation that serves all its citizens equally are overarching imperatives.

Mr Williams has taken on the daunting task of creating a police force that must defy its antecedence of a deeply corrupt society, where political one-upmanship and self-serving interests run the entire gamut. Should Williams be successful at transforming the JCF, he will be making a few enemies among those with reach and influence, who control the commanding heights in this nation and who have the proclivity to delude themselves that every man has a price.

He will also need, over time, to undertake a significant retirement programme, where many of his semi-literate, undereducated officers are too invested in the institutional nastiness of the JCF for them to be reformed in time for the creation of a professional entity. He will be compelled to get his officers, right across the entire organisation, to prosecute all crimes fairly and consistently and to engender in the wider society a concept that considered minuscule offences, such as breaches of the Noise Abatement Act, will be treated with proportionate seriousness.

Respect, professionalism, courtesy and integrity must be Commissioner Williams' pledge to the citizens of Jamaica.


Montego Bay, St James