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Jun 22, 2022

Drunken Policeman Stretches Out in the Middle of the Road

A video that has found legs on social media is once again casting bad light on the Belize Police Department. In the brief clip, a seemingly intoxicated officer can be seen sprawled out on the road with his motorcycle at his feet.  The uniformed policeman is surrounded by onlookers, including motorists who came to a halt at the spectacle in the in the middle of the road. We asked Commissioner of Police Chester Williams about the viral footage and the actions taken by the department to reprimand the officer.


Chester William

Chester Williams, Commissioner of Police

“Certainly, I saw the video this morning and I am embarrassed by it. It looks exceedingly bad to see a police officer in uniform in such a position. I don’t know what to say, but I’ll just say this. We expect our officers to act in such a way that they are not going to bring disrepute to the uniform that we wear and certainly, the officer was under the influence.  He had appeared before a tribunal and he had pled guilty to failure to provide a urine specimen because he was asked and he failed to provide.  And the only reason he failed to provide is because, you know why…  So he had pled guilty for that along with other disciplinary infractions.  I have since directed that he be placed on interdiction and I have requested the notes of evidence with respect to his tribunal and it will be reviewed if there is sufficient [evidence] there that warrants a dismissal then certainly, we have to part company.  He cannot continue to wear the police uniform.”

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