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Apr 7, 2017

Home Affairs Minister Will Not Second-Guess Transfers of Chester, Broaster, Vidal

Wilfred Elrington

While Elodio Aragon Junior, a former senior cop, is in charge of the day to day aspects of the Police Department headed by Commissioner Allen Whylie, the substantive Minister of Home Affairs, which includes the Police, is Wilfred Elrington. Earlier this week, it was confirmed by Minister Aragon and Commissioner Whylie that a round of transfers would take effect in July. Assistant Commissioners of Police Chester Williams and Edward Broaster are heading to desk jobs in Belmopan and Senior Superintendent Marco Vidal, current head of Special Branch and former commander of the Gang Suppression Unit, will head Southside under remaining ACP Dezerie Phillips. In the case of Williams in particular, there has been widespread outcry that he should stay and continue the work of community policing that he established, but the bosses are sticking to their guns. So too is Minister Elrington, who says it is his policy not to “second-guess” such decisions.


Wilfred Elrington, Minister of Home Affairs

“I don’t second-guess; the Prime Minister said to me, ‘Mr. Elrington, I want you to be Minister of Home Affairs,’ I said, ‘Fine, Prime Minister;” the Prime Minister said, ‘I want you to be Attorney General,’ I said, “Fine.” As a public officer, our responsibility is to act in accordance with the instructions of our boss.”



“But it is not the Prime Minister who has asked for that change, has he?”


Wilfred Elrington

“But it is the people who are their boss. They’re not to second-guess the boss; the boss must have a good reason why he or she decided that that is to happen. As a good public officer, they should do exactly what I do: ‘Mr. Elrington, are you prepared to act as Minister of Home Affairs – yes, Prime Minister’ – even though I know that that is a humongous task because the situation is very, very grave and a lot needs to be done. But I can’t second-guess the boss, the boss is in fact the boss.”

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