Commissioner Williams was at the time giving remarks at a handing over ceremony for a new piece of equipment donated by the Organization of American States, OAS, on Wednesday, 20th July.
“We want to Assure the 99% of law abiding citizens that their safety and security are number one in our priorities; and that the 1% of the misguided few, will be dealt with according to law if they disrupt the peace and security that we all hope for,” said Mr. Williams.
Commissioner Williams said the firearms marking equipment donated by the OAS will go a long way in making a dent in their quest to enhance the resources of law enforcement officers.
He said they are committed to raising the overall level of service that they provide to the community. “As the OAS continues to partner with us in the Caribbean and Latin America, the objectives to apply controls against the illicit manufacturing of and trafficking in firearms, ammunitions, explosives and other related material, will be strengthened by this initiative, as OAS member states build their national capacity to respond in an effective and efficient manner, where increasing levels of crime and violence are the result of illicit trafficking in firearms, explained the police chief.
Williams said the firearms marking machine will be an asset in the fight against crime.
Also addressing Wednesday’s ceremony was Inspector Lionel Moore who said that the machine is a very important tool to aid law enforcement or police officers, in the fight against crime.
Inspector Moore complained that “In today’s world, persons are not readily coming forward to be witnesses in a court of law and this causes the police to turn to other scientific means to convince the court for a conviction and to help solve crime.” The firearms marking equipment will become one such scientific means to assist investigators.
Though the potential witnesses are declining to come forward, the police still have to live up to the burden and standard of proof in the courts when presenting evidence, said the inspector.
Thus the new machine would constitute a significant tool in the presentation of proof when making the case in court.
Following the handing over ceremony selected officers were put through a two day training session, to create a pool of officers who would assume responsibility for the operations of the equipment.