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Oct 8, 2020

COVID Forces Frontline Changes in Police Department

Chester Williams

The mounting number of COVID-19 cases within the department has forced a change of officers stationed at various hotspots in the north, particularly in the Orange Walk District where border communities continue to be monitored for illegal crossings.  Despite the use of personal protective equipment, ComPol Williams says that officers on the frontline are still not a hundred percent safe from the virus.

 

Chester Williams, Commissioner of Police

“Just over the past few weeks we’ve had to change our personnel from along the Santa Cruz/San Victor/Douglas area, those who are involved in the contraband hotspots because many of them were infected with the virus as well.  So we continue to do what we can with a view to minimize the amount of officers who are infected and at the same time we try to care for officers who are infected. We emphasize to our officers the need to wear their P.P.E.s, but as I said before, sometimes the P.P.E.s do not serve the purpose or the full purpose of which we’d want it to serve.  And so, it is not a hundred percent proof.  Yes, it does provide some level of protection and again, if you look at the different stations across the country, you will see that we have set up sanitation stations where the persons who visit the stations must wash their hands or sanitize their hands and we insist that persons who come to the station wear their masks.  These are the things that we need to do and we have also added that at each station, a thermometer where the police can test the temperature of persons who would visit the police stations daily.  And again, the thermometer may not help for persons who are asymptomatic because they might not be displaying a fever.  These are things that we will continue to do with a view to ensure that we keep our officers as safe as we can contracting the virus.”

 

Another alarming piece of news is that more than a hundred and twenty Another alarming piece of news is that are sixty-five B.D.F. soldiers that are currently positive and one hundred and forty-two are said are in isolation due to the coronavirus.  The total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases, as of October seventh, stands at two thousand three hundred and ten.


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