COMMISH OUT! ... Carl Williams to leave as Commissioner of Police

December 22, 2016
Commissioner of Police Dr. Carl Williams is enjoying in last few days in the job.

Jamaica will get a new police commissioner early in the new year. Dr Carl Williams, the current commissioner of police, has indicated he will be stepping down from the job on January 6, 2017.

Dr Williams became Jamaica's 28th commissioner in 2014 after succeeding Owen Ellington. 

He wrote to professor Gordon Shirley, head of the Police Services Commission on November 4 indicating his desire to leave on early retirement.

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Williams said he told national security minister Robert Montague of his decision to retire from as far back as October 18.

Williams said that he has opted for early retirement based on his age as well as his years of service.

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IN PHOTO: Police Commissioner Dr Carl Williams hugs his wife Dr Annmarie Barnes shortly after his swearing-in on September 15, 2014.



Dr. Carl Williams, Commissioner of Police, is a Justice of the Peace for St Andrew and a 31-year veteran of the Jamaica Constabulary Force. Dr. Williams enlisted in 1984 and climbed steadily through the ranks to reach Commissioner, holding numerous supervisory and command positions at the station, division, area and portfolio levels within the force. 

Prior to his appointment as Commissioner of Police, Dr. Williams was the founding director of the Major Organised Crime and Anti-corruption Agency (MOCA), and, more recently, the Deputy Commissioner in charge of the Crime Portfolio.

As a former Chief of Narcotics, Dr. Williams was responsible for programmes aimed at reducing the supply of illegal drugs in Jamaica, and spearheaded numerous successful initiatives to target domestic and international elements of the trade in narcotics. One of his most recent initiatives was to develop a multi-sector Task Force to target lottery scamming in Jamaica, which has generated significant success.

A past student of Frankfield Comprehensive High School (Edwin Allen High), Dr. Williams holds a PhD in Criminal Justice from Sam Houston State University in Texas, USA.  He has published in a number of academic journals and has lectured on various topics in Criminology and Criminal Justice. Dr. Williams is married to Dr. Annmarie Barnes, an Assistant Professor in Criminology at York University in Toronto Canada.