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Mar 13, 2019

Police Association & ComPol Go to Court over Tenure of Assc. Prez

Next week Thursday, a claim brought by the Belize Police Association against Commissioner of Police Chester Williams goes before Justice Shona Griffith. The claim is in relation to a move by ComPol Williams to have the tenure of the president of the association serve a term of only two years. Shortly after taking over in January, Williams signed a Statutory Instrument putting a cap of two terms for the prez. Now, Corporal Eldon Arzu has been president for seven years, since April of 2012 and on January ninth, he was re-elected as president.  So with a statutory instrument now in place, ComPol Williams is not accepting the results of the election, saying that Arzu cannot retain the post. So come March twenty-first, the Supreme Court will decide whether the S.I. has retroactive effect. Today, the Commissioner was not happy when he spoke of the upcoming case.


Chester Williams

Chester Williams, Commissioner of Police

“As it relates to the tenure, that is a decision that was made by the previous commissioner. The SI was passed and I signed it because it was finished drafting after I became commissioner. I fully support it and so I signed it and it is in effect.”

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