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Jul 13, 2012

Police Association concerned about several transfers

The Police Department is transferring officers, some of which are occurring without due notice. A press release sent from the group says, “The Belize Police Association stands firm for the rule of law and therefore strongly condemns transfers for which no formal notice has been given to its members. As law enforcement officers, it is expected that we do the most honorable thing and stick within the Transfer Policy as stipulated in part Five of the Services Commission Regulation. Going contrary to these regulations will only cause further demoralization and emasculation of the impetus many officers possess to achieve and accomplish the department’s primary functions.” Moments ago, the police association’s president Corporal Eldon Arzu and vice president Sergeant Edlin Lozano came to News Five and said that the association is challenging the department to take swift action and address the objections to the changes prior to July sixteenth transfer date.

 

Corporal Eldon Arzu, President, Police Association

“We received several complaints from members our department, the Belize Police Department, whereby they were aggrieved about the short notice of how this present transfer was being effected. What happened is, there was a memorandum that came out the twenty-eight of June 2012 for transfers of officers to take effect the first of July and fifteen of July respectively. What happened as it relates to transfer days—what you call services commission regulation—which dictates the pace as to how transfer are to be carried out. And in relation to the manner in which the current transfers are being effected, the regulations thus far were not adhered to. Now because of this we had a public outcry from our general membership as it relates to that. Hence the reason the Police Association has been dialoguing from the end of June to try to address this situation; however, we were not receiving the necessary results in a timely manner. Therefore, the Police Association saw it fit that a press release be sent out so that the general membership and the public knows what is our position as it relates to the transfer.”

 

Edlin Lozano

Sergeant Edlin Lozano, Vice-President, Police Association 

“What happen is that I along with the president are not on transfer. The issue here is welfare, we are concerned about welfare. The late and last minute notice. Police officers have to get prepared. We had a meeting just a while ago before we arrived here with the commissioner whereby he is working with us to address those aggrieved police officers because there are some police officers who requested transfer who seem to have been notified in some form or fashion several months ago who wanted to leave. But there are also some on the list who had just came on the list and they are aggrieved. So the commissioner at this time is working with us to address this present issue because at this point in time, some officers have already registered their children at school and so forth so you have these officers on an off-guard sort as such. So that’s what the association is here to ensure that something or some action is done by the commissioner’s office.”

 

Jose Sanchez

“You set a deadline for July sixteenth; what if you don’t get what your officers’ want? What next?”

 

Eldon Arzu

Corporal Eldon Arzu

“Well I am sure that the Commissioner of Police and the Ministry will work along with us. I am very sure that they will work with us. They have made the necessary steps forward in trying to identify those aggrieved officers and right now we are in the process of providing the names of those persons to them so that they can reconsider their situation. The situation is that really and truly police officers don’t make a lot of money and police officers are people who have families too. We all have kids going to school and doing that transfer in such a short time will require some form of financial backing to move from one district or anywhere that you want to go will cost some money. Yes we are now receiving the transfer grant, but the position with the transfer grant seemingly it comes sometime later on and we are saying hey; if we are going to transfer our people, ensure that they get sufficient notice too so that they can muster the necessary funds to move.”

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3 Responses for “Police Association concerned about several transfers”

  1. Storm says:

    I wish this dispute between management and labour could have been conducted privately, instead of the media.

    If government is willing to talk, why is it necessary to have a press conference to complain?

    The problem is, we need confidence in our police and BDF. Situations like this don’t reflect well on anybody involved. And if they can work it out, then it will have been totally unnecessary to air their dirty laundry in public.

  2. Rod says:

    Unu no know that unu own gov. And pm di do this because they think unu corrupt and the us gov. Di give the gov. Advise and this was one of their assesment that unu corrupt so therefore they di move unu round fu makey look good in the eyes of the us.

  3. IloveuBelize says:

    Same thing I thought Storm. Its a pity that the Police had to bring the matter to the media since it seems like even they agree that the high command is willing to work with them.

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