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Aug 14, 2017

Superintendent Dinsdale Thompson to Face Security Services Commission over Drugs

Dinsdale Thompson

Superintendent Dinsdale Thompson is on personal leave from his desk at the Queen Street Precinct, amid an ongoing investigation being conducted by the Professional Standards Branch.  A probe into the smuggling of an undisclosed quantity of pharmaceuticals is being done internally, after the senior officer was busted in Arenal on August fourth by customs officials.  While he quietly settled out of court with the Customs Department, the findings of the investigation will determine whether a notice of complaint will be forwarded to the embattled officer by the Security Services Commission.  Officer Commanding Professional Standards Branch, ACP Chester Williams, says that Thompson will be dealt with by the commission because of his seniority with the Belize Police Department.

 

Chester Williams

ACP Chester Williams, O.C., Professional Standards Branch

“The matter involving Superintendent Thompson is still under investigation by my office.  We have recorded a number of statements in respect of that matter and we are still awaiting a couple more reports from customs and the Ministry of Health Inspectorate’s office and the file is currently being prepared for onward submission to the C.E.O. in the Ministry of Home Affairs.  As you would know that the nature of the complaint against Mr. Thompson is one, him being a senior officer, the rules of disciplining him is different than that of a junior officer and one of the rules clearly stipulates that the Chief Executive Officer shall write Mr. Thompson and in terms of what we call a notice of complaint, and give him an opportunity to respond to that letter.  The matter will also be reported to the Security Services Commission and the commission will then write Mr. Thompson and ask him to show cause why disciplinary action should not be taken against him.  So the process is already ongoing and as soon as that process is completed, then it is the commission who decides, based on the evidence put forward by the commissioner and the C.E.O., as to whether or not disciplinary action will be taken against him.  So, like I said, that process is ongoing. If there was something criminal that had been committed by Mr. Thompson then by all means we could have proceeded and charged him like any ordinary person, without consulting anybody.  But the criminal aspect for which he could have been charged for is a customs matter and from what we have gathered from customs, he has agreed to settle out of court on that matter.  So there is nothing we can do there.  We can only now proceed against him disciplinarily and that’s what we are doing at this time.”

 

Reporter

“Are you already aware at this time what‘s the value of the items he was caught contrabanding? “

 

ACP Chester Williams

“That is one of the hold up.  They are still trying to ascertain the Belize market value of the items because by customs regulations, the person can be charged up to three times the market value, not the market value for which they purchased the goods, but what it would have been sold for in Belize.”

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1 Response for “Superintendent Dinsdale Thompson to Face Security Services Commission over Drugs”

  1. Mike G says:

    They don’t know what drugs, how much, and what the value is?? BS!

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