Police Commissioner Williams’ Presentation in Parliament Today, On Murders in Jamaica

I am reblogging this important post from human rights activist Susan Goffe’s excellent new blog, which I recommend you all follow. Do click on the link and read Commissioner Williams’ report, if you are interested in crime trends, problems and solutions in Jamaica. I am sure there will be more to follow…

Right Steps & Poui Trees

This morning, Commissioner of Police Carl Williams made a presentation in Parliament to the Internal & External Affairs Committee, chaired by Opposition MP Derrick Smith. The presentation was about the current situation regarding murders in Jamaica and the murder reduction strategies being implemented by the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF).

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At the start of the session, Government MP Mikael Phillips, supported by a number of other Government members of the committee, suggested that the session should be held in camera, due to the potentially sensitive nature of the exchange following the Commissioner’s presentation. Derrick Smith and Delroy Chuck, the two Opposition MPs present disagreed, saying that any questions that were of a sensitive nature could be disallowed by the Chair, and that Commissioner Williams was also entitled to refrain from answering any questions he felt would reveal sensitive information.

Eventually, MP Phillips put forward a motion that Commissioner Williams should make…

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