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Nov 20, 2015

Williams Claims Police Have Regained Community’s Respect

Chester Williams

Williams told News Five that before any community is willing to respond to Police intervention, that department must have legitimacy. The Commander of Eastern Division South claims that slowly, but surely, the Department is earning the respect of the communities they serve, and with that respect comes legitimacy.


Supt. Chester Williams, Commander, Eastern Division South

“We cannot police in an environment where we are not respected because at the end of the day the public will react to how they see us. If the public sees a Police Department that they respect, or a Police officer that they respect, they will automatically behave in a certain manner, as opposed to seeing one that they don’t respect….they would act in an adverse manner towards them. So getting legitimacy from the public in terms of what we are doing is important. I think that over the past couple of months the public has had a great deal of trust and confidence in the work that we do on Southside Belize City and that’s the reason why we are getting the feedback that we are getting from them. I think that they have seen us operating from a legitimate standpoint that they have now given us the level of respect that we would want to have. And equally we also extend that same respect to the public because respect must be reciprocal in nature. So I think that we are on the right track in showing the public that we are serious about what we are doing. One of the biggest failures for us in the past as a Police Department is that we do things in an ad hoc way. There was no consistency in what we were doing. I think that if we want to send a message and send the correct signal to the public we must be consistent in what we do. If we have something that works, we should not do it ad hoc, but make it a permanent part of the administration. This meet and greet, the intervention process, the family days and so forth…these are things that we have made a part of our administration on Southside Belize City because we believe that if we continue to do those things it will continue to breed positive results for us in terms of how we police the community.”


In a related note, Superintendent Chester Williams is being called to the Bar next week Wednesday. It is unclear at this time if he will remain in the department or try his hand at private practice, but we take the opportunity to congratulate him, and to wish him well.


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