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Jamaica appoints top cop


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DR CARL WILLIAMS, who now holds the post of deputy commissioner of police in charge of the crime portfolio, has been appointed Jamaica’s 28th police chief. His appointment follows the sudden retirement of Owen Ellington who had been serving in the post since 2010.

National Security Minister Peter Bunting, who made the announcement yesterday after being advised of the selection of the new commissioner by the Police Service Commission, said Williams will take up his appointment next Monday, September 15.

“Commissioner-designate Carl Williams comes to the post with a track record of innovation and performance in a wide variety of command roles in the Jamaica Constabulary Force. He is highly qualified academically, with a PhD in criminal justice. A proven strategic thinker, Williams is the founding director of MOCA (Major Organised Crime and Anti-Corruption Agency) and the innovator responsible for conceptualising and developing the Anti-Lottery Scam Task Force. He led Jamaica’s anti-narcotics campaign from 2000 to 2004 with the successful prosecution and/or extradition of a number of major narcotics traffickers,” Bunting said in a press release.

Bunting, meanwhile, said Williams will be mandated to continue the process of the professionalization of the constabulary, with special emphasis on respecting human rights.

“Given the track record of Mr Williams, the JCF is expected to continue making significant progress in the fight against organised crime and corruption under his leadership,” said the press release.

“Commissioner-designate Williams takes office with the full support of the ministry and the Government as he embarks upon the important national responsibility of leading the Jamaica Constabulary Force,” said Bunting.

Williams, 50, is a 30-year veteran of the force. He was appointed to the rank of deputy commissioner, with responsibility for the crime portfolio, in June 2013.

As an assistant commissioner, he held several supervisory and command positions at the station, division, and area levels.

Williams has also been published in a number of academic journals and has lectured on various topics in criminology and criminal justice. (Jamaica Observer)


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