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Apr 19, 2021

ComPol Told Police to Exercise Restraint during Blockades

Chester Williams

While members of the Belize Police Department are also subject to the ten percent salary cut and increment freeze, today they were out to preserve law and order. ComPol Chester Williams weighs in on how they ensured that there was no confrontation with the teachers and public officers.


Chester Williams, Commissioner of Police

“The blockage did cause some inconvenience to some motorists, particularly, commuters traverse the highway to go to work every morning. And from a policing standpoint, our approach was to avoid any confrontation with the unions. We have seen in the past where the police have intervened in these activities and it just cause confrontation and then things get out of control resulting in the injury of persons and damage to properties and we wanted to avert that this morning. So my instruction to officers was to ensure that we exercise great restraint. We would have done all we could to have avert the blockage, but in circumstances where the blockage had occurred, then we would not apply any degree of force to move them, but what we would do is to maintain our presence to preserve law and order and allow the teachers or the joint unions to have their fifteen minutes of fame and as soon as the fifteen minutes were over, then they would unblock the road and we go about our merry business.”

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