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Oct 19, 2020

ComPol Says BPD Open to Politicians’ Requests

Chester Williams

With less than a month to go before the General Elections, Commissioner of Police Chester Williams says that the Belize Police Department is open to accommodating the requests of politicians but that their service will not extend to breaking or twisting the law. He also notes that their support will be extended across the board.


Chester Williams, Commissioner of Police

“As I said to my commanders in meeting this morning, if a politician comes to us with a request, if it is U.D.P., P.U.P., B.P.P. or whichever one of them – if it is request that is within our power that we can do for them without violating the law or without acting contrary to our ethical rules then by all means we can facilitate. But if it is that it is a request that is going to diminish our integrity in the eyes of the public or it goes against our procedures and rules then we are not to facilitate. At the end of the day, as police officers we may all have our political preference but we must not allow our political preference to cloud our police judgment. We must be fair and impartial to everybody and what is done for one political party must be done for the other. We do not want to appear to be treating any political party better than how we treat the others. We must be fair across the board.”

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