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Nov 1, 2021

Do as I Say, Not as I Do: Police Officers Investigated for Curfew, Mask and Social Distancing Violations

They are supposed to enforce the curfew and root out illegal gatherings, but tonight seven police officers are being investigated for allegedly hosting their own social get together on Saturday night, during curfew hours no less. Reports are that the group of off-duty officers was congregated at a night club and restaurant consuming alcohol in Belize City, when a team of officers on patrol confronted them. It is alleged that the group responded aggressively, prompting the patrol to call for back-up from Precinct three. The patrol supervisor is also in hot water, says Communications Director, Fitzroy Yearwood, because that officer was responsible for issuing tickets to his colleagues for breach of the mask mandate and social distancing regulations. 

 

ASP Fitzroy Yearwood, Communications Director, Belize Police Department

“It is a scarce occasion, even before COVID when you would see me socializing at a club. It is not my sort of scene. I am very certain that whenever these new SI come out, governing the whole COVID regulations, that Mr. Bart Jones takes his time to break it down to the smallest level, for all of our officers, not only for me or general public. And, something like this, I am certain the Commissioner of Police would never ever tolerate, or support. I heard of this early this morning, and I was very surprised that our officers believe they can be in a situation, public like this, doing whatever it is they were doing, and like I said, it will be looked at by Professional Standards Branch. They have to investigate it. And, I am certain when I contact the Commander of Division Two, Mr. Sinquest Martinez, I am certain he has already tasked his people to do his own investigations. And, the findings will be made public, because we need to send a strong message to general public, that this is not the way the police operate.”

 

Paul Lopez

“Will they be charged? Will they receive tickets for failure to wear face mask and failure to maintain social distance?”

 

ASP Fitzroy Yearwood

“Like I said, the determination at the end of the investigation will determined what charges would be levied.”

 

Reporter

“Wasn’t the patrol supervisor suppose to give them tickets?”

 

ASP Fitzroy Yearwood

“Yes, I agree.”

 

Reporter

“So something wrong.”

 

ASP Fitzroy Yearwood

“That patrol supervisor will be dealt with also.”


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