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Jan 4, 2017

Awards for Top Cops in Rural Eastern Division

Regional Commander of the Rural Eastern Division, ACP Edward Broaster, pulled out all the stops to reward some of the Police Officers who work under his jurisdiction. Today, he recognized those who stood out above the rest for 2016. They all received plaques and cash. The cash given out was a donation made by businessmen Raymond Kearney and Lee Mark Chang. News Five’s Andrea Polanco attended today’s recognition ceremony and has more on how that went.

 

Andrea Polanco, Reporting

It pays to do your job well – at least that is what twenty-five police officers found out this morning. The cops were recognized through the “Fortune 500” programme for their outstanding work ethic and professionalism in the line of duty in 2016. The twenty five law men and women were selected from one hundred and twenty officers within the Rural Eastern Division jurisdiction.

 

Edward Broaster

ACP Edward Broaster, Regional Commander, Rural Eastern Division

“These are officers who go beyond the call of duty; do extra hours; really treat the public with courtesy and professionalism and really execute their duties well, without complaining and so on.”

 

Andrea Polanco

“Now, where does this fit in with boosting the morale of your officers?”

 

ACP Edward Broaster

“It definitely boos their morale because you know after the Christmas holidays you are strapped for cash and five hundred dollars after the Christmas into the mawga season goes a very, very long way. This has never been done before and awarding twenty five officers at that is a significant number even if you would have been doing one a month it would have been only twelve for the year; so this is a tremendous boost for the officers in the Rural Eastern Division.”

 

Officers WPC Odette Arzu and Corporal Randy Lyons are two of the best in the Rural Eastern Division and today they reaped the rewards for their hard work for the past year. They were both surprised but very grateful:

 

WPC Odette Arzu, Relief, Rural Eastern Division

“I feel very honored to have received this award this morning. I am very grateful and I will continue to work hard.”

 

Andrea Polanco

“Were you expecting it?”

 

WPC Odette Arzu

“No I wasn’t. I am still a bit shaken but I still say thanks a million ways.”

 

Odette Arzu

Andrea Polanco

“Do you think it will push you to work even harder?”

 

WPC Odette Arzu

“It sure will.”

 

Andrea Polanco

“And you also received five hundred dollars; did that come een really good especially now weh we consider mawga season?”

 

WPC Odette Arzu

“(Laughs) yes, ma’am it does.”

 

Andrea Polanco

“Okay. Now talk to us a little about what motivates you on the job?”

 

WPC Odette Arzu

“Well, what actually motivates me, I try to do my best in everything that I do. I am not a follower. I am a leader; hence the reason I try to use my initiative and do the job to the best of my ability. I just like to help people and want to be there when someone needs me.”

 

Andrea Polanco

“How long have you been doing this – that is, being a police officer?”

 

WPC Odette Arzu

“I just have one year in the police force.”

 

Andrea Polanco

“Where do you see yourself in ten years?”

 

WPC Odette Arzu

“Hmmm… in ten years, I should be an inspector by then.”

 

Andrea Polanco

“You are one of the select few honored here this morning; was it something you were expecting?”

 

Randy Lyons

Cpl. Randy Lyons, Community Policing, Rural Eastern Division

“Not really, you know. But when you actually put in the work it is good to be recognized and feel very excited about it.”

 

Andrea Polanco

“Now, when you go to work every day, what would you say is the one thing that really motivates you to go out there, because you see much crime happening; so many “ bad things” so to speak; what pushes you to say ‘ you know what, I am going to go out and give it my all today?”

 

Cpl. Randy Lyons

“Well, as I mentioned, I work in the community policing so I do a lot of the interaction with members of the public especially people of the rural villages just to know that that they are satisfied; they are thank for the work that the police do, that pretty much motivates me.”

 

Andrea Polanco

“Now where you see yourself, right you are a Corporal – where do you see yourself in the next five years?”

 

Corporal Randy Lyons

“I believe with the trend I am setting for myself, I should excel and should be a member of the senior bracket, hopefully, so I do expect that within that period.”

 

Andrea Polanco

“You got a little extra five hundred dollars today; care to share with us what’s the plan fi dah lee five hundred?”

 

Corporal Randy Lyons

“Well, you know any monetary gifts is accepted in this fashion, you know, when we are rewarded in this fashion. Not sure yet what I will do but it come in pretty much handy.”

 

The officers each received a plaque from the Belize Police Department and five hundred dollars each from two donors. RED Commander says that once funds are made available, he would like to gift the top cops within his jurisdiction annually. It’s an initiative that Minister of Police Elodio Aragon says should be duplicated across the board because this kind of recognition motivates officers to do their best on the job.

 

Elodio Aragon

Elodio Aragon, Minister of Police

“It is something good. We have to support it because at the end of the day, we have to reward and recognize police officers for the good work that they do in the same light that we deal with them when they do wrong. So, I think it is something good and I encourage the department to continue to do so at all levels because we have police officers working in different fields, different areas and I think it is always positive for us to do so.”

 

Reporting for News Five, I’m Andrea Polanco.

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