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Sep 13, 2022

Hundreds of Police Officers Recognised During Official Medals & Awards Ceremony

At the Police National Training Academy in Belmopan today, the mood was celebratory as hundreds of police officers were acknowledged for their years of long service. Others were awarded first and second clasp medals, as well as meritorious service and distinguish service medals for the exemplary work that they have done during their time with the department. Aside from thanking these officers, it served as an opportunity to build the morale of the department. News Five’s Duane Moody reports.

 

Duane Moody, Reporting

Over three hundred police officers stood beaming in their ceremonial dress as they were honoured by the department. One hundred and seventy-five long service medals, seventy-two first clasp medals, twenty-four second clasp medals, nineteen meritorious service medals and six Distinguished Service medals were issued today.

 

Supt. Lincoln Hemsley

Sr. Supt. Lincoln Hemsley, Belize Police Department

“We are gathered here this morning to commemorate the long service and good conduct to members of all ranks of the Belize Police Department who have completed eighteen years of continuous service in the department and are granted a medal and reward for long service and good conduct. A first clasp medal on their completing twenty-five years of continuous service and a second clasp of completing thirty years of service. A meritorious service medal for those members of all ranks who have given valuable services characterised by resource and devotion to duty, including prolonged services marked by exceptional ability, merit and exemplary conduct. We also will be commemorating the Belize Police Distinguished Service Medal Award which will be granted to senior police officers from the rank of senior superintendent who have rendered especially distinguished services to the state or the department and members of the department who have performed an exceptional act of gallantry in the execution of their duty.”

 

The award ceremony was not only a time for celebration, but showcased experience amongst peers who are on a quest for excellence within the department. The recipients are described as people who go above and beyond the call of their duties.

 

Chester Williams

Chester Williams, Commissioner of Police

“Certainly it serves as a boost of morale for officers. I think this is something that officers do look forward to. In the planning stage, we had a number of officers who had called and said my name is omitted and these sorts of things, so this means that officers do look forward to it. We made sure that we did the due diligence that we award those who are entitled. Again, there is a lot that needs to be done to ensure that the officers meet the requirements of the award. So I want to thank the committee led by Misses Magdaleno and Superintendent Jones in the exemplary work that they did in making sure that those who were to be awarded were awarded.”

 

During today’s ceremony, a moment of silence was also held for those police officers who have died recently.

 

Chester Williams

“It’s a time for us to also recognise and give thanks to those fallen officers. Certainly their service did count prior to their passing. And it was only fitting that we took a moment of silence in their honour as well as in honour of the queen who passed away last week. I would like to take the opportunity to thank the family of those fallen officers for having loan them to us during the time that they were with us for the exemplary work that they did. And certainly yes, Mister Jemmott, had he been alive, he would have been one of the awardees as well today.”

 

Minister of Home Affairs, Kareem Musa was tasked with giving a toast at today’s ceremony. In his remarks, he thanked the awardees for their service to the nation.

 

Kareem Musa

Kareem Musa, Minister of Home Affairs

“Listening to the incredible accomplishments of this team, of this family and of your achievements, I am reminded that bravery is not an absence of fear, but rather action in the face of fear. Today, I join your family members, your colleagues, other distinguished guests, the government of Belize in acknowledging your unrelenting service, your selflessness, your bravery in service to our nation and the people of Belize.”

 

Duane Moody for News Five.


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