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Mar 21, 2018

New Commander Replaces Cell Phones with Radios

This afternoon, new south side commander Howell Gillett received a donation of twenty thousand dollars worth of communications equipment from Belize Water Services Limited.  The handheld radios will be used by officers on the beat to communicate with each other and headquarters.  The generous contribution follows a call made by the Senior Superintendent after noticing that officers are spending too much time texting on Whatsapp.  So they are making a conscious decision to revert to the old handheld devices.


Howell Gillett

Sr. Supt. Howell Gillett, Commander, Eastern Division South

“Today is just the third day on the job here on the south side of Belize City and one of the concerns brought up by the officers, and I’ve seen firsthand, that officers are using their cell phones way too much and they’re being inattentive.  I discussed it with the Commissioner of Police Allen Whylie and he said we’ll try to get some radios for you.  I said it on the radio this morning on another media and the people from BWS heard it and they responded very quickly, in a matter of hours and they called and said that they are willing to donate sixteen radios which approximately is around twenty thousand dollars.  But that doesn’t include the programming.  They’ve promised to undertake that part of it too.  So before the end of this week we’ll be having sixteen radios that will be attached to south side Belize City and we believe that will improve the communication.  It’s independent of any of the telecom providers, so it’s much harder for any communication to be intercepted.  So the officers will now have a radio, there’s no need to be on cell phones and using other social [media] apps.  The main purpose is to communicate with the control room to provide information as to what they’ve seen or heard, if they ever need support.  And that is the easiest way to reach to the police control room because if you use a cell phone you’d have to dial 911, just one button you touch and you call in and say what you need to say.  So we’re happy for this donation.”

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1 Response for “New Commander Replaces Cell Phones with Radios”

  1. Timber says:

    It’s funny. I was going to comment on this a couple months ago but Channel 5 doesn’t have a section or just a regular discussion other than when one reply to a news piece. I had gotten information from a couple of officers that wattsapp was the approved medium of communication by this idiotic commissioner that you all have, and also co-signed by Desiree Phillips. I considered that one of the DUMBEST DECISIONS EVER! My concern arose out of me visiting and constantly seeing officers on their cell phones and not being attentive at their posts and they are stationed in hot zones. They are completely distracted and crimes are committed right in front of their faces. Whylie was never the ‘BRIGHTEST APPLE’ in the bunch from when we were boys. I have no respect for him no Desiree Phillips, especially after these WASTE OF TIME press conferences by Whylie, including the one last week with the spate of killings. You know what though, he’s served the purpose of the government as a puppet. I had to encounter Desiree indirectly a couple years ago to the month when on of my friends and relatives were visiting an are and it was either the Special Unit or GSU came into the yard and took them along with the people who resided in the house where they were visiting. It so happens that everyone was oblivious to what was going on and my friends had to endure over twelve hours of detention and humiliation, even after it was realized and admitted by two of the senior officers that they were just at the wrong place at the wrong time. Even after we showed passport stamps and ticket stubs that we had just flown in a few hours earlier, they were still detained and fingerprinted because when Desiree got wind that they were relatives of an officer who she had issues with, she called from her home and told them to detain them. She, along with the so-called “POLICE MECHANIC” WHO IS USING GOVERNMENT FUNDS AND SENDING THEIR VEHICLES TO A MECHANIC WHO DOESN’T KNOW WHAT HE’S DOING WHO HAS BUSINESS BY LI CHI AND BUYING PARTS FOR OTHER PEOPLE’S VEHICLE, who also appeared to have issues with said officers, decided to put his two cents in. Coward ass John Saldivar got the call also but he did nothing and turned off his phone. His CEO at least answered but he was no better. It took a call from me to someone who called the shots over all of them, not even your PM could say no to, and someone connected with a minister in government, to get them out of that mess. They don’t know that their personal issues amongst themselves could have cost these innocent folks their jobs, just because of the nature of their employment. It’s time for the decent people and the youths who are educating themselves,who can make a difference, to STOMP AND RID Belize of all the corruption in all areas of government. If it means rotating political parties as they do in Trinidad and Tobago so as to minimize corruption, so be it. After this incident, I used my contacts here in the US and Desiree is as dirty as they come, even though she didn’t make the list that came out a little over a week ago. Speaking of list, I was privy to conversations where Whylie and Chester were both discussed but their names didn’t show up on that list. I digress.

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