Police Commissioner Chester Williams Elected President of Regional Commission
Police Commissioner Chester Williams has been elected as the President of the Commission of Chiefs of Police and Police Directors of Central America, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Colombia (CJDCAMCC). Three weeks ago, Williams told the media that he was appointed as interim president and that he would be vying for the position, come June 22. It turns out that the event was held one day earlier, and Commissioner Williams was declared president at the 34th Extra Ordinary General Assembly of the commission. For context, we bring you back the interview from the commissioner on June 1.
Chester Williams, Commissioner of Police: “We had a recent resignation of the president of the Association of Directors and Chief of Police of Central America Mexico and Columbia. The presidency was being held by Costa Rica the Commissioner Police from Costa Rica but he abruptly resigned from office and so did the first vice president who is from Guatemala. With that now the most senior commissioner in the region then assumes the presidency as interim president of the commission until the elections are held to let a new president. It so happens that I’m the most senior Commissioner or Director of Police in the region and so I am appointed interim president. On June 22nd of this year I will be chairing an extraordinary AGM of the association. At that AGM will table the agenda which will be to look at what the association has achieved over the first six months of the year when Costa Rica was chairing and then we will look at what is left to be achieved under what we had set out to be done by the association. And at the end of that meeting we’re going to have an election of a new president. And I have offered myself to be elected president for the association when the time comes. So we’ll see how it goes on that day. It works very closely with Interpol of the Americas. And the mandate basically is to coordinate policing efforts between the members’ country. And as I said, it has to do with Central America, Mexico, Colombia and the Caribbean because there are countries of the Caribbean like Dominica and Haiti that are also part of that association. And so what is done is that all the efforts are coordinated. We would normally do what we refer to as regional operations, targeting human trafficking, human smuggling, drug trafficking, cybercrime, auto theft. So we have a number of agenda items that we normally deal with on a yearly basis regionally.”
The meeting was held virtually with representatives from 13 out of the 15 member agencies in attendance. Today’s meeting was presided over by Commissioner Williams. According to a release from the commission, ‘the highlight of this momentous gathering was the elections for the new Board of Directors, resulting in Commissioner WILLIAMS being elected as the President for the 2023-2024 term. This remarkable achievement makes him the first Commissioner from Belize to hold this esteemed position. With the assumption of the Presidency, Belize is set to host the 28th Ordinary General Assembly of the commission in November 2023. The commission’s mandate revolves around fostering inter-regional and international cooperation with various security organizations and agencies, promoting the exchange of information and expertise, and coordinating efforts to combat transnational crime and enhance the safety of citizens.