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Jan 7, 2013

Deputy Commissioner of Police Aragon’s super promotion

Elodio Aragon Jr.

Last week the Ministry of National Security announced several unexpected changes in the Police Department. The most significant shift occurred at the top and the Commissioner’s post went to Allen Whylie to succeed the former commissioner David Henderson, who moved to the all important post of Head of the Forensic Department. But some hope has been cast upon Assistant Commissioner of Police Elodio Aragon junior, who has been appointed to Deputy Commissioner of Police. News Five asked him about the appointment and how being at the headquarters in the capital will impact his stance and vision on crime.

 

Jose Sanchez

“Belize City continues to be murder capital. As deputy commissioner, what is your mission? Will you concentrate on Belize City still? What will be your plan? How will this new office affect your particular policing?”

 

Elodio Aragon Jr., Deputy Commissioner of Police

“I think being promoted to the rank deputy commissioner; I think it is a great opportunity for great things to happen. I think it is an opportunity where I have to make significant impact on looking at where we want to go as a Police Department  and to look at not only Belize City or Belize District, but countrywide. Belize City, as you all know, accounts for at least eighty-five percent of murder and we account for even a greater number of crimes countrywide. That said, the battlefield in fighting crime lies here in Belize District; especially Belize City. As deputy commissioner, definitely our priority will lie here in the City. And as such, my time will be centered between Belize and Belmopan, but more so by looking at what is being done in Belize City to ensure that whatever resources we have countrywide is being used—not only to look at what is happening on the other districts, but foremost here in the city. I think the challenge lies in the city and we therefore must focus on the city. These are things that are presently being put in place. And I do believe that that acting commissioner right now, Mister Whylie, is looking and we are working together on looking at new strategies to be implemented in Belize City. And I think that as time progresses, Mister Whylie will be highlighting those to the media. But definitely there is a number of things that will be done because we got to look at what is happening. We have to look at where we are, how effective are we, what is working, what is not working and where we need to go from there?”

 

Aragon and the other officers who have been transferred will assume posts in the next few days.

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2 Responses for “Deputy Commissioner of Police Aragon’s super promotion”

  1. Dre says:

    Only in Belize do you get promoted for accomplishing nothing.

  2. Storm says:

    If our new police leaders want to reduce crime and make life more livable here, they need to work on police training and recruitment, with full support of GOB. Crime is the number one problem in the nation, even worse than the poor economy.

    I also support recruiting large numbers of good citizens to be trained as volunteer to support police patrols. The more eyes we have on crime, the sooner we can defeat it.

    We shouldn’t be too proud to ask for all the help we can get from credible outside sources, like the States and the Brits. We need to do whatever it takes to stop the slaughter in the Jewel.

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