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Nov 2, 2016

Chester Explains His Absence from Eastern Division North Activities

On Tuesday night, we showed you the opening of a training facility at the Eastern Division North. And noticeably absent was top cop Chester Williams. At today’s weekly meet and greet by the police, the media took the opportunity to ask Williams why he stayed away from the opening and if his south side officers will be using the facility. Williams chalked up his absence to being very busy dealing with all the crime happening within his jurisdiction.


Chester Williams

ACP Chester Williams, Regional Commander, Eastern Division South

“Well, I will tell you that on the Southside we do have a facility that we would normally conduct training at the conference room at Raccoon Street and if we have smalls scale training that the conference room can facilitate on the southside then we will continue to use that. In cases where we have training that will be pertinent to three divisions, then appropriate place then will be the new facility at Northside which is more bigger and can accommodate more persons. So, yes, I am sure there will be occasions when we will merge our different training needs to be able to accommodate more officers. Let’s say for example, we have instances where a person would come in who is trained in a particular area and we want that training to filter across the three divisions, then it is only prudent that we use the facility at Queen Street to be able to train more people rather than having it in little pockets at different locations.”



“Okay. So it is not that you all are on a boycott as you seem to have boycotted yesterday’s event?”


ACP Chester Williams

“Well, Jules, you know that my hands are very full. I have been dealing with the shooting of Jaro and the other shootings in the Antelope Street extension area, so I have a lot to do and yesterday was a day which I had been extremely busy. So, I decided to continue do whatever it is I have been doing because when you deal with investigations, sometimes the quicker you deal with it the better it is and the longer you take to follow up information then you stand the chance to lose valuable information that could be very, very helpful to investigations.”

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