A leaked recording surfaced last week of an exchange between Police Commissioner Chester Williams and the officer who pulled him over during curfew hours. In the recording Commissioner Williams was clearly scolding the officer and telling him that he is no common man, and that his job is 24-hours therefore he can be out to make checks in any part of the country he chooses. There were expletives used by the Commissioner which Minister Kareem Musa says he would not have personally used in discipline.
Hon. Kareem Musa, Minister of Home Affairs & New Growth Industries: “I have heard the leaked audio and what I can say is that it is very unfortunate the choice of language per se but in any department whether it’s police, whether it’s BDF there will always be this type of in situations where there is this feeling of insubordination that there would be disciplinary communication coming from the higher ranking officer so this is normal. Obviously I would not have chosen those particular words to use but I have a difficulty assessing a situation whereby you only hear one side of the story. Obviously the recording was spliced, it was cut and you only hear the part where the Commissioner i s actually saying something so what lead the Commissioner to that point ? We need to hear that portion what did the officer tell his superior to get him so upset? I always remind members of the police department especially the higher rank that we are living in an age of technology and so we have to assume that in every situation you would possibly be recorded, everything whether it’s video, whether it’s audio there is that possibility and so you have to be very careful and choose your words wisely. But I would want to hear the full story what led the commissioner, the superior to actually speak to his officer like that but again that is something internal. If you’re asking me if any disciplinary action will be taken against the Commissioner absolutely not none will be taken against him. Not to say like I said that I would have chosen those words to use but in a discussion like that you have to hear two sides of the story.”
As for the fate of Commissioner Williams, rumors have it that the government is looking to replace him. Here is how Minister Musa responded to that.
Hon. Kareem Musa, Minister of Home Affairs & New Growth Industries: “I have gotten no such word so I don’t know where you’re getting that from. None of my Cabinet colleagues have even brought that to me as yet so I have not heard that.”
Commissioner Williams was installed to that office back in January 2019.