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Nov 30, 2011

End of an Era: Compol Jeffries retires from Police Department

The Police Department has lost an officer with thirty-eight years of experience under his belt. Commissioner of Police Crispin Jeffries retired today at the end of the workday. Jeffries has been applauded and criticized for being a hands on commissioner. He was a quintessential fixture on the frontlines of every major riot, protest, and the occasional domestic disturbance.  Some of his most viewed public appearances include pepper sprayed strikes at the base of the House of Representatives in the Capital. But by all appearances he was a stiff, stern, no-nonsense cop who literally commanded the respect of his peers. Jeffries declined to speak to his favorite critic, the media today. However, he shared a few words on the Police Link Up Show, which airs on LOVE TV. News Five obtained a clip of Jeffries’ farewell, and if you look very closely, you may just see what appears to be a teary eye when Assistant Commissioner Elodio Aragon lauded him for his more than thirty years of service.

Crispin Jeffries, Retired

Crispin Jeffries

“I know that I leave with the organization moving in the right direction and in the right hands. Some of the things people think that I am offended by or annoyed by—they’d be surprised to know what happens when we do the reflections on these issues. But it is fun, it is dangerous and it is serious. And I think that some of the things I did; they were risky but I enjoyed it. I took the chance when I needed to take the chance. And I’ve learnt that if you don’t take the chance, you’ll never learn. And I took the chance and I did it my way. I am not asking anybody to do it that way, but that was my way. I lost and I’ve gained, but I had a chance.  I don’t like to I don’t like to discuss the regrets publicly, but there are regrets. When I look at where I came from and where I am today, I’m thankful. My regrets—had I done things differently, I’d be mentally satisfied that I could not have done better—that I was doing better. But I did my best.”

Asst. Commissioner Elodio Aragon, Officer Commanding Eastern Division

Commissioner, I think your years of service here in the Police Department; I think every police officer who knows you knows what you stand for. I think that the work you’ve put out there, we must be appreciative of that because I know that coming into the job, I met you. They always say, you da Papa Jeff because you have had your experiences, willing to assist, share your knowledge—and I that has gone a long way. And I think your service to this nation, thirty-eight years, is not a small feat. It takes a lot for you to be a police officer to take out way down to retirement. As a young senior officer in this police department, you have the commitment, the dedication and I tend to look to follow in those footsteps because definitely this country, the police department needs good leaders if we are going to move this department forward.”

Crispin Jeffries

“Mr. Aragon thanks. The show is ended, but it’s just to say to Belizeans, who from time to time have supported me, my greatest critic, the media; thank you. Goodnight.”

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11 Responses for “End of an Era: Compol Jeffries retires from Police Department”

  1. Horn says:

    Mr. Jeff, like all of us, had his faults and was criticized many times for his style of management. However, all will agree that he was dedicated and committed.

    The media will now have to zoom in on another target. We wish him well.

  2. ree says:

    Thank God! I think mr Jef himself is happy to go……

  3. Pissed Off says:

    don’t cry, go, thank Gog that you are gone and will never come back and to those who have kissed your @$$ to get what they wanted tightened up because you have to prove yourselves now, bunch of @$$kisser, go away Jeffries, don’t come back, never, jajajajajajajajajajaj

  4. Storm says:

    Forget about his style and personality. For too long he presided over a police force that has demonstrated incompetence and corruption. That’s proved every day in the revolving door of the criminal courts, where the police seem NEVER to be able to prove guilt.

    At best, Jeffries rose to the level of his own incompetence.

    I pray his successor will be a professional: experienced, honest and capable.

  5. belizeanpride says:

    A NON NONSENSE COP
    O PLEASE so much corruption under his belt mein if this old fellow would have been a better professional compol we would even stand up for an ovation towards him but rather bid him goodbye which has took so long to retire.
    we need people with dedication not corruption and willing to work for the country safety.

  6. sorrow unda Barrow says:

    He was a great officer, but a lousy Com-Pol.

  7. islander says:

    Mr. Jeffries belonged in the front lines, thats where he shined….unfortunately he didnt do so well behind a desk.

    There is absolutely nothing wrong with that, I have given management a shot in my employment field and I honestly realized that I am not so effective doing that job and went back to where I really shine and that is being in the nitty gritty of things…out in the field.

  8. Samsung says:

    Finally! im soooooo excited!

  9. Dirty sugar!!!! says:

    If unu think Jeffries da wa a**hole —- note — a bigger one is comming!!!!!!!!! Get ready police officers —- and the general public!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  10. gone with the wind says:

    Mr Jeffries are u going back to be a band player like u used to be before u were a great one that is what i remember as far as your era of compol u were a lousy one have fun

  11. Cassie says:

    That man took a lot of advantage of people, its over time for him to go. What goes around comes around. The next !@#$%^ is Henderson who’s the same thing!

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