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Oct 4, 2017

Returning Police Commissioner to Look into Interview Impasse

Allen Whylie

Since the thirteenth of September, the press office of the Belize Police Department has failed to facilitate, according to media records, a single interview on any subject, including high profile criminal cases. The press is questioning whether Police, who have been reeling from multiple controversies including internal infighting, allegations of corruption and a spike in murders especially in south side Belize City, are deliberately evading the tough questions. The debate today erupted to the point where Officer Commanding Eastern Division, Assistant Commissioner Dezerie Phillips Magdaleno, intervened to say that the department, at least in Eastern Division is not boycotting the press in any form. She added that requests for interviews will be granted as the office of ComPol Allen Whylie sees fit. Well, News Five took our case to the Commissioner himself, who has just returned from a combination of personal and sick leave. He says he plans to look into it, but appeared satisfied that some, if not all, channels of communication are open.

 

Allen Whylie, Commissioner of Police

“I haven’t had a discussion with the officer who was holding over, so what you are telling me, I would have to find out what is happening; I haven’t had a discussion on that.”

 

Aaron Humes

“I think generally speaking, because of all the controversies over the last few weeks as my colleague said, the Department has maintained what we would call ‘radio silence’ and it’s affected somewhat our coverage of several recent murders in Belize City and across the country really. And questions about – we do get information, but not for a visual medium – I think that’s the issue there.”

 

Allen Whylie

“I was worried – I thought that the press officer within the Department was not passing and sharing information.”

 

Reporter

“No, it’s really strictly interviews – the granting has ceased.”

 

Allen Whylie

“I’ll look into it; that’s all I can say at this point in time.”

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