It is no secret that the Police Commissioner is cracking down on club owners and lobbying with the various liquor licensing boards regarding bar establishments around the country. In many instances these bars are not adhering to the liquor laws and minors are being allowed to purchase and consume alcohol. Additionally, Police Commissioner has gone on record to say that majority of crimes are committed following socializing and alcohol consumption. It is a great challenge that Commissioner Williams has taken on but it is one he doesn’t seem keen on giving up anytime soon. Today, he spoke of this as well as how it plays into road traffic incidents which has seen an increase.
Chester Williams, Commissioner of Police: “It is somewhat of a social issue, yes we try to do as best as we can and if you were in there as each presenter was presenting on whatever happens within their area you would see that one of the things that are harped on the most is the issue of alcohol consumption. Alcohol consumption is the leading cause of death in our country and until we as a nation come to that realization things are not going to change because we the police cannot tell people not to drink. People must know when they have drank enough and stop and liquor establishment need to be responsible enough to ensure that they do not continue to sell alcohol to persons who already exhibit signs of being intoxicated. And so I have said to my commanders that I want us to go after these liquor establishments and I know that there are some liquor licensing boards that have said that the commissioner wants to close down business and they are pro-business. I want to make it emphatically clear, I have no intentions of closing down business places, we are pro business, businesses are what drives our economy. I am out for closing down businesses that are doing things that are eroding the fabric of our society and until we come to that realization these nightclubs that do not comply with the law, these nightclubs that have activities of Ill repute going on in them those are things that we don’t need and as I have said and I say with no apology we will do what we can to close them down and if it is that the liquor licensing boards do not want to work with us and continue to grant extensions to places that do not meet the legal requirement by law then we’re going to have a fight over it because we will then apply the law to do what we need to do to close them down. So that is the issue, we have to as a society address the issue of alcohol consumption. We are not saying to nobody ‘ you can’t drink, you can’t socialize.’ but at the end of the day we must do so responsibly because when people go out and drink and get drunk and then they end up killing each other the first thing people holler is what the police are doing. What can we do ? We are not the ones inducing alcohol in them, they are doing it to themselves. We will continue to do what we can to see how we can help to address this issue but as a society we have to deal with it together.”
As recent as the weekend of October 12, three men died in separate road traffic incidents.