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Sep 3, 2020

Commissioner of Police Tours the South after Hurricane Nana

Commissioner of Police Chester Williams travelled down south today to visit police formations in Dangriga Town, Hopkins, Placencia and Independence villages. ComPol Williams visited these southern areas to check up on police officers who worked during Hurricane Nana. He also went to conduct an assessment of damages caused by Hurricane Nana on the department’s resources. According to Williams, his officers expressed positive feedback.


On the Phone: Chester Williams, Commissioner of Police

“The purpose of my tour is to one check with the officers and see how they are doing in terms of their welfare and whether not they were satisfied with what was done for them in term of the receiving etcetera during the storm. As well s to check on the recourse of the department, that is the vehicles and the buildings to see if any damage cause as a result of the storm and look at other resources, documents and so forth that were within the police station to ensure that there were no water damage resulting from the storm. I must say that the feedback that I am getting from the officers are very positive.”


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“Sir was it peaceful during the hurricane? No crimes committed?”


On the Phone: Chester Williams

“Yes we had a very peaceful time. I must say our officers were out in full force. We had recalled officers from day off and those who were on short leave and they formed part of our deployment so that we were able to deploy t as much area as possible while covering the different hurricane shelters. So we have patrols out up to the last minute that we could have, based on what the storm could permit, ensuring that we cover the business areas and those areas where we know that people may have left to seek shelters elsewhere. We tried our best to keep our officer out on the streets as long as we could. When the rains begin to fall and the wind begin to blow then we withdrew our foot patrol and we stepped up our mobile patrol so we maintain presence in the streets in some respect. I must say in per the Cayo, Belize, Orange Walk and Corozal Districts there were no need for us to withdraw our officers completely off the streets because while we do have a bit of rain and wind it was not to the extent that we were not able to conduct patrol. So those men stayed our presence in the streets right throughout within those four districts. But in the southern part of the country yes at one point in time when the rains began to fall heavily and the breeze was blowing significantly we had to withdraw our officers from the streets to keep them safe. As soon as the storm subsided then the officers were deployed again to the streets to ensure that we continue to conduct the necessary patrol after the storm.”

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