We are credibly informed that Hugh Faulkner has been sworn in to replace Terrence Williams as the commissioner of INDECOM.
As most of you know, Terrence Williams was the first commissioner to be appointed to head the new agency after the Act was authorized in the Island’s parliament in 2010.
Williams served the first term and was appointed to a second, but opted to leave early, subsequently creating space for a new commissioner to replace him.
[Faulkner was the executive director of the Legal Aid Council and has served on several boards and tribunals including the Board of the Mico University College, the Toll Authority, Jamaica Mortgage Bank, Jamaica Intellectual Property Office, and the Public Broadcasting Corporation of Jamaica]. (source, Jamaica Gleaner)
Terrence Williams’ tenure has been fraught with tensions between INDECOM and the JCF, and the JDF, two of three arms of government, his agency is mandated to give oversight to. The other is the Corrections department.
Willimas’ tenure may only be summed up as a misplaced belief that oversight is synonymous with adversarial.
There has been no mixed bag about Terrence Williams’ tenure as the head of INDECOM, there is no factual basis on which to arrive at any other conclusion than to conclude that his tenure has been a colossal failure.
Williams and his supporters point to fewer police shootings as a measure of what they perceive to be a [success].
The harsh reality, is that many police officers walked away from doing their jobs because of the confrontational and antagonistic nature of Williams’ and INDECOM, the persecution he embarked on, accusing officers of wrongdoing in cases where they were only doing their jobs.
As a result, Terrence Williams’ record as head of INDECOM has produced far less positive results than the CCRB was before the INDECOM act was authorized. Crime has increased exponentially, including violent crimes and thousands of Jamaicans have lost their lives needlessly as a consequence of his tenure.
Though crime cannot reasonably be laid solely at the feet of INDECOM or Williams for that matter, Williams’ acronymous relationship, and his willingness to persecute police officers has lent itself to a massive emboldening of criminals in the country, something the Island will pay dearly for, long after Terrence Williams’ name is forgotten.
If the idea was to have thousands more innocent Jamaicans slaughtered needlessly, the country overrun with more criminality, and fewer murderers held accountable, then Terrence Williams and INDECOM have been a success.
Terrence Williams started by entering into an unholy alliance with Carolyn Gomes of JFJ, a rabidly anti-police group largely funded by foreign-interest, that started operating in Jamaica around the mid to late ’90s.
Gomez, a pediatric doctor seemed to have a vendetta against the police and she waged a relentless campaign against the nation’s premier law enforcement agency, with the silent acquiescence of both political parties.
In the end, karma had its way and Gomes was revealed to the Jamaican people and like a puff of smoke, Gomes disappeared with the wind.
At the time that the INDECOM act was cobbled together under the infamous and abbreviated administration of Bruce Golding, they knew full well that Terrence Williams was an ego-maniacal narcissistic Don Quixote with an agenda against the police, but that was the person Golding, his party and their PNP co-signers wanted.
Terrence Williams’s tenure as the head of INDECOM must be remembered truthfully as a dismal failure, that should never be replicated. It was one fraught with fights with other government agencies at a time when he ought to have been building bridges in order to achieve success for the Jamaican people.
Continued media posturing, court fights, catfighting, and shameful demand for more power instead of doing the job he was paid to do was all that Terrence Williams gave Jamaica.
In the end, thousands of Jamaicans died who should never have died.
Finally, the majority of the Jamaican people began to wake up to the harm INDECOM has been doing and their interest in the agency began to wane.
The JCF, JDF, & Corrections should have independent oversight of their operation. No agency that is given such awesome powers, including the power of life and death should be allowed to investigate itself anymore.
Nevertheless, the investigating agency should be fair, impartial, and singularly solely focused on getting to the truth.
Terrence Williams shredded INDECOM’s mission from the start, it is anyone’s guess whether this [new fellow] will be able to resuscitate that badly damaged image.
Is he another political flunky with an agenda, is he focused on the task at hand, or is he there to pontificate on the taxpayer’s dime?
We will withhold judgment, but as we warned about Williams, and kept his feet to the fire while the nation slept, so too will [this fellow] be under the microscope, good or bad.
Mike Beckles is a former police Detective corporal, businessman, freelance writer,
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