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Sep 7, 2017

Allen Whylie sick; should he be replaced as ComPol?

Commissioner of Police Allen Whylie is on sick leave for a month.  His absence, however, comes at a critical time during the September Celebrations when the Belize Police Department remains on high alert when it comes to citizen community.  Despite the circumstance, Whylie’s time off has prompted the question of whether the Ministry of Home Affairs should begin looking for his replacement as the top cop in law enforcement.  That question was posed to Minister of State Elodio Aragon Junior, whose responsibilities include the daily operation of the Belize Police Department.


Elodio Aragon Jr., Minister of State, Police

Elodio Aragon Jr.

“The commissioner just as of last week, reported sick for one month.  I could confirm that to you and of course it is a concern to us because definitely in this department there is so much work that needs to be done in all faucets in terms of crime fighting strategies and everything that we have to do.  Definitely this is a concern for us and we are looking into that, but I want you to know that we have competent people who are at the helm and will carry out the work until we look at and deal with that situation.”



“But at the end of the day, it’s about leadership.  Even if the prime minister when he had his back surgery, he couldn’t absent himself for two months.  You can’t leave it in the hands of the deputy prime minister, you need that figurehead as the leader, saying, this is Mr. Leal, no disrespect, is a placeholder.  He’s a professional bureaucrat, no disrespect.  I’m just saying, at what point will the government take the bull by the horns and say, hear what, we need to find a replacement that is interested in the job?”


Elodio Aragon Jr.

“There is a lot that has to be done and all I will say at this point in time is that we are looking at it to see what we can do.  But definitely, we need to look at what we have and how best we’ll move forward.  So we are working and looking at that.”

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