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Jun 28, 2017

Intoxicated Corporal Punished, But What Help for Stressed Cops?

Police Constable Florencio Rash has been internally charged by the Belmopan Police for the offence, Prejudice of Good Order and Discipline. He was taken before a Disciplinary Tribunal, where he pleaded not guilty to the charge and his case will be heard before an adjudicator on July eleventh. The charges came following the release of a video that captured the cop, lying face up on the ground in his uniform; his hat and handcuffs were on the ground beside him. Today, Belmopan Police confirmed that they responded to the terminal area some time after ten a.m. on Tuesday to find Rash under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Rash is presently attached to precinct one of Eastern Division South in Belize City.  A recommendation has been made to the Commissioner of Police to have him interdicted, pending the outcome of the case. Today, Rash’s boss, ACP Chester Williams chimed in on the case.

 

Chester Williams

ACP Chester Williams, Regional Commander, Eastern Division South

“Policing is a stressful job and people tend to deal with stress differently. What you may do and what I may do may be totally different. I personally do not drink—never have and never will. And the officer in question, as you rightly said, appeared to have been under the influence and we have confirmed that he was under the influence of alcohol. Since then, he has been placed on disciplinary charges for act of prejudice of good order and discipline and being intoxicated whilst in the police uniform. But I think that, going to my new post as the Officer Commanding Professional Standards Branch, my duty is to work hand-in-hand with the Commissioner to be able to enhance the professionalism of the police as well as to enforce discipline within the department. And so I believe what we will need to do is to see how we can identify some of the officers who are going through a difficult time—either at work and at home.”

 

Duane Moody

“And that is a fine or…”

 

ACP Chester Williams

“…that can carry up to a dismissal, but I am not going to preempt what the outcome will be or should be. That is a decision that would rest solely on the adjudicator and if there is any interference with the decision of the adjudicator then that decision should be flawed.”

 

In a statement by Belmopan police, Senior Superintendent Howell Gillett writes in reference to Rash, “On behalf of the Commissioner of Police, I want to apologize to members of the public and the remainder of the Department for this unthinkable and unsightly occurrence.”

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1 Response for “Intoxicated Corporal Punished, But What Help for Stressed Cops?”

  1. Marie says:

    Whatever the case, police should also be given a class on dealing with stress, or given days off to be able to maintain their composure

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