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Sep 12, 2022

Improving the Health of Police Officers in Belize

Chester Williams

The last few weeks have seen at least three police officers between the ages of twenty-five to fifty-two die of health complications. These deaths have brought into sharp focus the need for police officers to adopt healthier lifestyles, a challenge that ComPol Williams says even he at times struggles with. But, he concedes that improving the health of his officers is of paramount importance at this time.

 

Chester Williams, Commissioner of Police

“Certainly the health of everybody should concern us. What many people don’t understand or appreciate is that as police officers, due to work hours, we have bad eating habits. Either we don’t eat on time or we end up eating unhealthy. If it is that we are not engaged in working out, doing some physical activity to keep our body at a certain level then certainly your health can deteriorate and very quickly. I myself take it upon myself to ensure I work our everyday. At times it is very difficult, but if not in the evening time I work out in the morning time cause I do recognize that sometime I am here all day, the work is so much when I do realize I forgot to eat. When I do realize it is after five in the evening. It is that difficult at times. The police man out on the streets, it is the same thing for them. Many of them are working areas they don’t live so they would have to resort to buying food and many times the food you are buying from the street corner or the Asian restaurant are not healthy food. So, it is concerning. We try our best to advice them to eat well. What we intend to do is see if we can some nutritionist to go to the different police stations and speak to the officers about eating healthy. That is something we are looking at now and we are hoping we will be able to find someone with that expertise to be able to do it at a very minimal cost.”


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