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Oct 20, 2017

Ex-ambassador’s letter accuses senior cop of failing lie detector test

It was revealed at today’s House of Representatives that in 2008, the U.S. Embassy passed on the results of polygraph or lie detector tests to Belizean authorities for thirty-four senior officers in the Police Department, Coast Guard and Belize Defence Force. It is not clear who authorized or asked for the tests, but a majority – twenty-three of the thirty-four – passed. One of those who failed was very high up in the Department at the time and rose even higher in the years since. But the letter, written by then-Ambassador Robert J. Dieter, reveals some secrets that this senior officer might prefer to have stayed hidden. Lake Independence area representative Cordel Hyde made the revelation in the context of a greater discourse on the crime situation in Belize City.


Cordel Hyde, Area Representative, Lake Independence

Cordel Hyde

“According to Ambassador Dieter’s letter, the questions asked of the officers was whether they had committed any serious crime, or whether they had provided investigative information to criminal organizations. What we know from this letter I have in my hand, Madam Speaker, is that of those thirty-four persons twenty-three passed the test. Eight failed and three did not complete the test – refused to take the test. Now this four-page letter here does not go into details about the persons who passed the test, just mentions their names – give no descriptive information. But it gives a paragraph on each of those eight persons who failed. And some of it, you had officers admitting that they smoked marijuana; they had shared information with their mothers or their girlfriends or their wives; one of them admitted they had stolen some gas, some fuel. But the most notable of it is captured in number twenty-nine. Speaks to a certain senior police officer, who is the top cop in all this land. It is said that this senior police officer, at this time, in 2008, failed this lie detector test, when he was asked the question whether he provided information to criminal organizations. Very serious business, Madam Speaker; and I hope I am wrong; I hope it is not the same person I am thinking.”

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1 Response for “Ex-ambassador’s letter accuses senior cop of failing lie detector test”

  1. Hatari says:

    Whylie failed his polygraph in 2008 and so what does GOB do . . . promote him to COMPOL! That just about says it all! He should have been fired! Our PD is a total failure.

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