Police Commissioner Williams Faces Challenges in Liquor Regulation Plans
The issue of liquor consumption is one that the Police Commissioner had committed to address when he first took office five years ago. Less than two weeks ago, Police Commissioner Chester Williams, was on The Morning Show where he explained that his plan to regulate liquor licenses and alcohol consumption have been deterred by other agendas.
Chester Williams, Commissioner of Police: “We still stress a lot to our officers to monitor the bars and monitor public drinking but we have this constant fight with the liquor licensing board. Somehow they see the issuance of license more as a money making venture as opposed to looking at the society on a whole and these sort of things. And I personally have had countless fights with them. So much so now that when they do issue the extensions for those clubs to go beyond the opening hours I would tell my officers not to support. So you find now that many of the extensions that used to be given are no longer being given because we’re not supporting. And as much as the Liquor Licensing Board would say that they are the authority the law is clear that there must be a security component and you cannot just be issuing licenses because you want to make money without thinking about the security that needs to be had when these license are issued. So we look at every violation and we’d say to the establishment if you don’t meet this criteria even though you have the license we’re not going to allow you to open because there is a violation. I wish that we would have a more better relationship with the licensing authority. We still have instances where prelicense are being issued which should not happen.”
Love News understands that Cabinet had also discussed efforts to counter inflation.