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Police Commish to be questioned in private by Parliamentary committee on crime issues

Published:Tuesday | November 10, 2015 | 12:00 AM
Commissioner of police Dr Carl Williams (left) and Deputy Commissioner of Police Glenmore Hinds, going over documents minutes before he was questioned by the Parliament’s Internal and External Affairs Committee on the rising crime rate today.

Government members of Parliament’s Internal and External Affairs Committee have prevailed on opposition members to allow Commissioner of Police, Dr Carl Williams to be questioned in private.

Williams was summoned to appear before the committee today to report on efforts to stem the increase in murders across the country.

However, before the proceedings could get under way, government member, Mikael Phillips moved a motion for Williams to be heard in camera.

Phillips argued that it would not be wise to have the police commissioner discuss strategy and other sensitive matters in the public.

He was supported by his colleague, Arnaldo Brown.

However, opposition members objected to the motion, resulting in lengthy debate on the way forward.

A compromise was eventually agreed on.

Williams would publicly make his statement to the committee, but would be grilled by members privately.

The Commissioner and other high ranking police personnel were summoned by chairman of the committee and opposition Spokesperson on National Security, Derrick Smith.

Smith has said he was compelled to summon the police team because murders are spiralling out of control.