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  • Commissioner of Police, Dr. Carl Williams, says he will be working with his Deputies to streamline operations in the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF), to ensure accountability to Jamaicans.
  • The Commissioner pointed out that there are several policies and protocols to ensure that members of the Force are accountable and demonstrate respect for human rights.
  • Dr. Williams argued that a lot of the problems in the Force is as a result of “breakdown in accountability structures at some level”.

Commissioner of Police, Dr. Carl Williams, says he will be working with his Deputies to streamline operations in the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF), to ensure accountability to Jamaicans.

Speaking in an interview on the JIS Television programme, ‘Issues and Answers’, on September 26, the Commissioner pointed out that there are several policies and protocols to ensure that members of the Force are accountable and demonstrate respect for human rights.

“We have to ensure that officers from the ground level to my office are held accountable for everything they do. Managers at the different levels in the Force will manage in accordance with these policies and protocols and hold their juniors accountable, so that in turn, we can be accountable to the people of Jamaica,” the Commissioner said.

On the matter of the ‘squaddie’ mentality in the Force, Dr. Williams said that it is “not essentially a bad thing in some regards.”

“When officers are out in the battle field they need to know that they can rely on their squad mates. The part that people are concerned with is the covering up, lying and protecting others in wrongdoing. That we will show no tolerance for,” warned the newly appointed Commissioner of Police.

“We are going to ensure that such a practice is out of the Force in short order, so that when an officer is engaged in wrongdoing on or off the job, their squad mate will not tolerate it,” he emphasised.

Dr. Williams argued that a lot of the problems in the Force is as a result of “breakdown in accountability structures at some level,” adding that while they have done a good job in many areas, it is mainly the negative areas are amplified and that determines Jamaicans’ perception of the Force.

“The expectations from Jamaicans are very high, and I intend to work with my command team to ensure that we do all that we need to do to lift the cloud of doubt and change the perception of Jamaicans,” the Commissioner assured.