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Feb 7, 2018

No More ‘Special Duties’ for Police

One of the many red flags in last July’s Trafficking in Persons report issued by the U.S. State Department, which rated Belize at tier three, is the practice of police officers working as private security at establishments where human trafficking is alleged to be taking place, among wait staff and others. The Attorney General, Michael Peyrefitte, indicated in the aftermath of the report that police would be cracking down on such special duties, and effective today, Police Commissioner Allen Whylie has told his officers that such actions will not be allowed unless approved by him in writing. The Commissioner told reporters on Tuesday during the launch of the anti-crime strategy that not only does it give the lie to the suggestion that police support illegal activity, it drains the department’s human resources for private gain. The established procedure, says Whylie, will now be rigorously followed.

 

Allen Whylie

Allen Whylie, Commissioner of Police
“The Police Department is not a private security force. There are private security operating that should be working at some of these business establishments. I will tell you – obviously you asking me that question is because somebody have told you certain things. And I’ll tell you up front that I had a meeting with commanders and I gave them certain instructions and I can tell you that come tomorrow, I will be issuing an instruction that no police officer should work special duty at any business establishment, period. And those officers who want to work at any establishment will need to apply to the Commissioner of Police. I will review those applications, I will ensure that it is legitimate, above the board businesses, and then I will make a decision. This is nothing new, because the police standing orders authorizes officers that want to work special duty that they must apply to the commissioner of police. That system had been warped and disregarded and there is offices taking on all kinds of special duties and making their own arrangements. There is also where persons once authorized to work, the money should be paid in by the proprietor who hired them to the department. It is entered in and then they are given a receipt, and then there is a time period where those officers would then get that processed through the account section and get their payment. There is a lot of over the board things and this allows some officers to be compromised where it would appear that they are working for and proving protection to certain business establishments, rather than being there to preserve law and order. It will stop, because as I said tomorrow, I will issue an instruction, and any officer found in contravention will be dealt with disciplinary.”

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3 Responses for “No More ‘Special Duties’ for Police”

  1. Timber says:

    As crooked as they come, Whylie. At this rate, Belize has absolutely no future unless they purge you all from top to bottom in numerous governmental organizations. Imagine, you couldn’t even break ice when we were kids and you were being raised in the Tanomah street/Euphrates area. Now, who are you going to blame when the US report doesn’t change? Also, tell the public why one of the reasons why police officers break protocol and go behind the department’s back and make their own arrangements for private security detail. They are tired of working mandatory details such as; parades, events like the ones coming up for Easter, etc. and have to wait months to get paid, instead of being paid at least one month out from the time of working. It’s not that you don’t have the money, because it’s my understanding that you get an estimated flat rate up front from the calculated length the event would last times the amount of officers requested. Anything thereafter is paid afterwards. I know, because I have one part of my family who has been career officers. Nothing will change as far as this US report because it’s the same set of officers working at these illicit establishments and instead of providing proper security, they’re the ones who encourage the wayward crowds, the officers are the ones getting drunk and reckless, and they know what’s going on. Let’s take for example, mile 8 Western highway; the entire Belize knew what went on there, but it was protected. I used to visit for my cold beer (notice I said cold beer). What shut them down? It wasn’t that it wasn’t known what went on there, it was GREED BY A PURPOTED SET OF IMMIGRATION AND POLICE OFFICERS WHO WANTED MORE AND MORE. Your name was being tossed around also Whylie. Care to respond? I digress.

  2. Ali Babarrow says:

    Unless I get a cut of the money, this is not allowed.
    If I get my cut of the money, it will not be mentioned.
    We must follow my rule of law, I know what is best for Belize and my biz.

  3. Stephen Sweasy says:

    Very good Compol and that will also help the economy as more people will be employed as security officers for those establishments. The police need to concentrate on other matters and not babysit those functions, if there is too much problems revoke their licence.

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