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Nov 8, 2018

The Official Reasons Why the Officers Were Transferred

Anthony Sylvestre

According to Sylvestre, the first transfer letter the officers received lacked reasons. It was not until the case was brought before the courts that the true reasons why the officers had been recommended for transfers were revealed.

 

Anthony Sylvestre, Attorney

“Prior to seeking legal advice they had individually wrote to the Commissioner of Police requesting that the transfers be differed. In the case of two officers because of family disruptions that would have been caused by the immediate transfers and in particular because their transfer letter did not indicate that they would be in receipt of any type of grant to assist in their transfer from Orange Walk to the other formation which should have been Belize. They sought legal advice and a letter was sent to the Commissioner requesting that the transfers be rescinded. Interestingly on the day of the hearing of the application which was the first of November there were produced in court the attorneys for the commissioner indicated that letters subsequent to our letter which would have been on the eleven of October and letters subsequent to the filing of the claim, those letters were sent out and those letters had additional information in it which set out the reasons why they were being transferred. In the initial letter, there were no reasons given. They were simply ordered that they were to be transferred and take up their new post immediately.”

 

According to the letter, the officers were transferred due to the recent spike in murders, robberies and drug trafficking and the deterioration of public confidence in the Orange Walk police formation.

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