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Jan 11, 2019

Changes in Police Department is Commonplace

Chester Williams

Junior Minister for National Security, Elodio Aragon Junior today spoke about the shakeup at the Belize Police Department. As we reported on Thursday, an initial list surfaced on social media on the reassignment of senior officers to posts across the country. Notable is that Senior Superintendent Howell Gillett goes back to Belmopan as the Officer-in-Charge of Special Branch with Superintendent Daniel Arzu taking over at Eastern Division Region One. Aragon Junior says that the introduction of new blood into top positions is the normal progression within any department and the new commissioner is forming the team he believes can get the job done.

 

Elodio Aragon Jr.

Elodio Aragon Jr., Minister of State, National Security

“That is a normal progression in any department and it will be within the next three, five years again.  These are the things that will happen. I mean nobody comes here to stay—not even politicians or even us in our everyday lives. Throughout my time as a police, I remember several commissioners that come and went and that is the reality of a dynamic department like the police department. With Chester becoming the chief of police, of course there are vacancies that exist and of course every new chief of police that comes will have to begin to set up how he wants to see the department run; and where he believes he can place the best people that he believes will have the best impact for the department. So these things have to happen. And yes there will be some changes in terms of where some of our maybe new blood, new senior officers will assume some very important positions and this is important because it is not about anybody looking to say well we want to skip this or we want to do, it is about what the new chief of police believes is necessary. And I personally believe that we need fresh blood out there, people who have the drive and the seriousness and dedication to get the job done because fighting crime in this country right now is not an easy thing.”


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