Williams joined Commissioners of Police from across the Caribbean for the Conference which was held in Antigua (9th–12th May) under the theme “Harnessing Technology for the Advancement of Law Enforcement, with Special Emphasis on Crime and Security in the Region”.
Commissioner Williams told MiyVue.com that the topics presented on and discussed included: “Exploring Technology, Its Use in Crime Fighting”, “CCT, A Deterrent to Crime”, “Cellular Phone Technology, Its Use in Crime Fighting”, “Ballistic Technology and its Contribution to the Advancement of Law Enforcement”, “Maritime cooperation expanding partnership with SOUTHCOM”, “Drug Trends and its Relation to Gun Running” and “Use of Polygraph as an Anti-Corruption Tool”.
He said reports from each country were presented which gave an opportunity for each represented to understand the similarities and situations unique to their territory.
The COP indicated that this is the third time that he has attended an ACCP meeting and described it as “very timely” especially in light of his predominant focus on the use of technology in the fight against crime and violence.
“The meeting provided much direction on actions to be taken going forward. The topics themselves were very timely and I see us going forward with implementing, in particular the CCT, the use of the cellular phone technology, and the use of polygraph as an anti-corruption tool and the ballistic technology. Ballistic technology is really needed and what is really hindering us is the cost. I think we are working on a lab in the region which would help to reduce cost.”
The Commissioner indicated to this publication that he has intentions of making specific proposals to the Ministry of National Security concerning ideas which he gleaned from the conference and where possible, he intends to implement some measures within upcoming days or weeks.
The ACCP, by mission, is bound to foster regional collaboration and cooperation in the development and implementation of policing strategies, systems and procedures, in addition to the development of the professional and technical skills of police officers and proactive measures to prevent crime and improve police community relations.