TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO is currently the safest it has ever been in the past eight years, acting Police Commissioner Stephen Williams said yesterday.
While admitting life may not be “perfect”, Williams believes he has made a “positive difference” during his one-year tenure at the helm of the country’s Police Service.
This month marks one year since Williams took over the reins of the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service.
Williams was officially appointed as acting Police Commissioner on August 7 last year following the resignations of Canadian crime fighters Dwayne Gibbs and Jack Ewatski.
His initial acting appointment by the Police Service Commission (PSC) was effective August 7, 2012 to January 31, 2013.
Last month Williams’ contract was extended a second time and now runs until the end of January next year.
In light of the anniversary of his tenure as the county’s Police Commissioner, The Sunday Express asked Williams how he would grade his performance thus far, Williams said:
“In grading yourself it will always be subjective and your self-grading will never be the best grade, so the grade of the people out there is what you need to appreciate.”
“But grading myself, I have spent an entire career of excelling and you would find that whatever I do I try to do it to the best of my ability by making a difference, a positive difference. Over the last 12 months I think I’ve made a positive difference,” he said.
Williams said this does not mean life is “perfect” though.
“But in making that positive difference external and internal in the organisation that does not mean that life is perfect,” he said.
“So your contribution must not be judged by whether life is perfect or not, because life will never be perfect. Society will always have a challenge, no time in the history of Trinidad and Tobago we have been free of crime. What we need to look at is ‘are we becoming a safer society than the society of the past?’,” Williams said.
“Trinidad and Tobago over the last 12 months has been the safest in about six to eight years,” Williams said.