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Feb 6, 2019

ComPol Meets with Reporters to Strengthen Media/Police Relationship

Commissioner of Police Chester Williams is still settling into his seat as the new top cop in law enforcement and part of his familiarization entails revisiting the sometimes difficult relationship between the media and the Belize Police Department.  Today, a cordial meeting was held with representatives of all major media houses in Belize City to review and strengthen the mutuality of our arrangement.  After discussing several issues, it was agreed that both parties will continue to work closely with each other in the best interest of the public.  Newly-appointed Director of Media and Public Relations, Douglas Hyde, shares more on the meeting.

 

Douglas Hyde

Douglas Hyde, Director, Media & Public Relations, BPD

“The commissioner, in this 2019/2020 public and media relations strategy, is looking at first, with the media.  We’re looking at of course continuation of strategy and ways to build that relationship, but also in sharing information with the media in a proper way and structures and of course he is looking at better mending and building relationships on a whole when it comes to the whole media and public relations itself.  So today was also an introduction of the new changes of the senior command, specifically in the districts, as we call the regional commanders.  You know that there were a couple changes and so he introduced those officers, but also looking at the way forward when it comes to the police and media relations.”

 

Reporter

“Is it, would you say, a strategy built on the mutuality of friendship and trust or is it based as a top down relationship that well, “We have the information which you all need, so we will decide how to feed you all this information?”

 

Douglas Hyde

“Firstly, we want to look at the professional way that we move forward in the police department.  The mutual trust is very important and of course the confidence in the working relationship that we’ve had in the past with the media houses, we want to continue those.  So those were all his angles that he looks at.”


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