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Dec 5, 2022

Belize Police Department Launches Rethinking Police Management Pilot Project

This morning at the Eastern Division Police headquarters on Raccoon Street, the Ministry of Home Affairs and the brass of the Belize Police Department launched a pilot project that will be carried out over the next six months.  It’s called Rethinking Police Management and it seeks to look closely at how the country is being kept watch over by the law enforcement agency.  According to ComPol Williams, the idea is that the men and women on the lower rungs of the organizational chart within the police department will be able to participate in a comprehensive assessment.  The pilot project will also seek input from the public through surveys and other means of social engagement.


Chester Williams

Chester Williams, Commissioner of Police

“When you look at the whole concept of the Rethinking Police Management, it is a system that is being put in place for the rank and file of the department to be able to do an assessment of how we are managing and policing the country.  Yes, certainly the public would agree that there are certain things that we do as managers, as police officers that perhaps we can do differently and so we are going to give the public and the lower ranked police officers the opportunity to be able to do an assessment of how they believe we should be operating as a department.  This is being done with a view to ensure that we have the best policy and that we administrate the department in the best way we can to be able to serve the public in the best manner.  Over and over, we do things when things occur and the question is, are we doing the right thing?  We can now look at the things that we do and ask ourselves that question and now have an opportunity to answer that question and whatever answers are given to the question, certainly there’s going to be a team put together to do an assessment or to collate all the information that would be obtained and to get a quantitative figure in terms of persons who would respond to the different surveys.  Because a part of the process, there is also going to be surveys done and whatever results from those surveys that we obtain is going to be looked at and see how it can be inculcated into policing to make our job much better in serving the public.”

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