The government is preparing to make moves to grant the Police Commissioner the authority to immediately dismiss officers who act in contravention of the standing orders and the law. He explained the rationale behind such a power move.
Chester Williams, Commissioner of Police: “We are out there telling the public to trust us and to work with us but when acts like that occur it erodes the trust and confidence that we are trying to build with the public. And I always say it to police officers. You see the lot of leaks we have ? That’s why the public doesn’t trust us, because with some of us nothing is confidential. As you write an internal memo that is out in the public. For what ? Those are not for public consumption but because certain people, certain elements want to make it seem as if administration is doing something that they don’t agree with for their own aggrandizement they just leak it. I am certain that pretty soon there’s going to be some amendment to the Police Act and that is one of the amendments that we’re seeking to be able to grant the Commissioner of Police more powers to dismiss police officers who commit egregious breach of discipline.”