Who Is Police Commissioner-Designate Carl Williams?

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Carl McKay Williams was appointed as the island’s new Commissioner of Police on September 8, 2014, a little over two months after the abrupt retirement of his successor, Owen Ellington, in June. Williams’ appointment has since been lauded by local leaders and several of Jamaica’s international partners. Today, we share some facts about the new Commissioner and some of the factors that may have tipped the scale in his favour.

  • Williams joined the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) in 1984.
  • He is a graduate of the College of Criminal Justice at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas. He completed both his BA and MSc in Criminal Justice there.
  • He is an expert in narcotics investigation, frequently required to give expert evidence in significant drug cases before the courts in Jamaica.
  • He was a member of Jamaican contingent in the United Nations Transition Assistance Group deployed between 1989 and 1990 to monitor the Namibian/South West African Police during the country’s transition to independence from South Africa.
  • Williams was a member of an Interpol working group for the Americas which was established to restructure Interpol National Central Bureaus in the Americas. The group met in Buenos Aires, Argentina and Bogotá, Colombia in 2000.
  • He led Jamaica’s anti-narcotics campaign from 2000-2004 with the successful prosecution and/or extradition of a number of major narcotics traffickers.
  • He has published papers on crime in Jamaica, most notably ‘Consequences of the War on Drugs: The Jamaican Experience,’ published in the October 2007 issue of Crime & Justice International. and ‘The Current Status of the Jamaican Posses,’ co-authored with MP Roth, presented at the Academy of Criminal Justice Science in San Diego, California.
  • He is the founding director of the Major Organised Crime and Anti-Corruption Task Force (MOCA) and the innovator responsible for conceptualising and developing the Anti-Lottery Scam Taskforce. These are two of the more elite and successful units in the JCF.
  • He is the recipient of several local and international awards, including the Medal of Honor for Meritorious Service (Jamaica) in 1990 and the United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Special Award in appreciation for dedication and commitment to narcotics law enforcement in1998.
  • 50-year-old Williams is married to Dr Ann-Marie Barnes, and is the father of two daughters.

Take a look at commissioner-designate Williams’ complete CV here.