Dr. Carl McKay Williams has been formally sworn in as the country’s 28th Police Commissioner.
Commissioner Williams was sworn-in yesterday during an official ceremony at the Police Officers Club in St. Andrew.
Accepting the appointment, the new Police Chief noted that he’s deeply honoured and is committed to carrying out the task at hand.
Commissioner Williams acknowledged the contribution of his predecessors as well as the part played in keeping the country safe by the men and women of the Jamaica Constabulary Force.
He also sought to give an assurance to persons who may be concerned about the conduct of some members of the Police Force.
Commissioner Williams noted that under his leadership any Police officer who chooses the path of corruption or who abuses Jamaicans, will be removed.
Mr. Williams said further reducing murders and major crimes is among his main priorities.
Also addressing this afternoon’s swearing-in ceremony, former Acting-Police Commissioner, Glenmore Hinds, noted that Dr. Williams has taken over the Constabulary at a time when murders are on the decline.
However, Mr. Hinds commented that there’s much work left to be done in terms of rebuilding trust in the Police Force.
The ceremony to formally install Dr. Williams got underway just before 4:00 this afternoon with a parade by the Jamaica Constabulary Force band.
Prior to the parade, the function saw the arrival of several state functionaries including Governor General Sir Patrick Allen, Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller, National Security Minister, Peter Bunting, and Opposition Spokesman on Security, Derrick Smith.
Director of Public Prosecutions, Paula Llewelyn and former Police Commissioners, Owen Ellington, Rear Admiral Hardley Lewin and Lucius Thomas were also in attendance.
Dr. Williams, who takes up his new duties today, takes over from Deputy Commissioner Hinds who was acting-Commissioner since July 1.