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May 28, 2010

B.D.F. Private alleges assault by four police officers

There have been reports of Belize Defense Force Soldiers and police officers having public disagreements while on patrols. The B.D.F. has been mandated to assist in police patrols and while they are on those duties, the different bodies tend to clash. On May second a similar incident occurred between Benque Police and B.D.F. soldiers.  Three boxes of vehicle parts were confiscated and the B.D.F. wanted to hand it over to the Customs Department as is required by law, but the officers wanted to take it to the station for processing. It resulted in a heated stand- off in front of the police station.  The officer involved has been transferred to another police substation.  Before tension could properly cool-off between the forces, another incident has erupted last night. This time far from the border and right here in Belize City.  According to sources, Myron Guzman, a B.D.F. Private, was on a joint patrol with the police and was allegedly being unruly.  Then in front of or inside the Queen Street Police Station, four officers claimed they needed to detain Private Guzman; but somehow the private received several blows.  Sources have told News Five that the Private is calling it assault on the part of the police officers.  The incident has not been included in the daily police briefings to the media. The Police Press Officer, Sergeant Fitzroy Yearwood, was also not aware of the incident and indicated he would be checking into it but so far has come up empty with any reports of the incident.  We checked with some soldiers who have expressed their dismay about the incident and are questioning why there is no report of the incident and why haven’t the police officers been placed on interdiction. Lieutenant Colonel Ganey Dortch, B.D.F.’s Chief of Staff and Major Alvin Amoa, B.D.F.’s Adjutant confirmed to News Five that the incident did occur. Dortch said there would be top level meetings regarding the incident and Major Amoa said that he has been requested to conduct an investigation. Since he hasn’t spoken to the officer, Major Amoa could not comment at this time.  We will have more on this security forces beef next week.

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9 Responses for “B.D.F. Private alleges assault by four police officers”

  1. solo says:

    how about bdf taking over security of the country police is corupt cant you see

  2. baby D says:

    Know the bdf and the police the fight , instead they work together in continuing securing the streets of Belize City .

  3. Janice Aranda says:

    Thats ashame law enforcement officers hitting oneanother .

  4. maddyvandijk says:

    The police cannot control themselves even though they cannot do their jobs right or if their lives depended on it.

    We don’t want war between the two forces that promises peace in our nation, this bul…. is defeating the purpose.

  5. Mr Kandid says:

    Is this a DAMN Joke? Are we dealing with a few Rogue officers or is this a clash between the honest BDF and corrupt Police? This lack of discipline and professionalism is unacceptable and an unhelpful part of the supposed joint operations.

    These kinds of disagreements with, or Police infringements against, a brother protection service MUST be dealt with immediately, transparently and fairly. Maybe its time to consider disbanding and reconstituting our Police force before we get as bad as Jamaica. Maybe a little rash for these small incidents but probably worth considering. Integrity, Fidelity, Belize.

  6. Bulba Martinez says:

    Come on guys, be the positive role models you guys suppose to be and secure the safety of our country. You guys are acting very immature and childish. What happen to the discipline you were thought at home and the Military or Police training you were thought at Boot Camp or Training School?. This is your opportunity to redeem yourselves from being tainted Police Officers to work along with BDF to keep our citizens safe from these thugs, please do it, it’s never too late. If you as the professionals cannot work together for one common goal as to secure our country, then who can we depend on?. Control is being selfish and used in a nagative way is very harmful, chalk this up as a learning experience and move on in the right direction. Reprimand,charge, and fine those that were involved in this shameful act and carry on.

  7. macal rivera says:

    shame on you guys, behaving like picni!!!
    All these behaviour is about power and authority,My My, how in the world can I trust you guys to protect and defend me, the law abiding citizens of this counrty!!!
    You guys need counseling or a good phyciatric evaluation and or maybe treatment as well!!

  8. leandro guzman says:

    i hope a thorough investigation will be done regarding this incident the police has always been corrupt in belize they always take bribes. please take care of my son major and colonel thanks

  9. leandro guzman says:

    colonel and major the police has always been corrupt in belize especially now that drugs is in belize. please take care of my son. i live in california. thanks.

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