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Jun 10, 2008

Major personnel changes instituted in Police Dept.

Story PictureShakeups in the police high command are nothing new so the latest shuffle, the first since the U.D.P. government came to power in February, does not necessarily have political significance. But the new postings are far reaching. New Five’s Janelle Chanona has the run-down.

The first big change will see Assistant Commissioner of Police Allen Whylie moving from Officer Commanding Eastern Division to take up an administrative post as head of the Management Services Unit in Belmopan.
Senior Superintendent Paul Wade will move from his desk as Head of the Special Branch in Belmopan to take over as Officer Commanding the Cayo District. His second will be Inspector Dinsdale Thompson. Cayo is currently held by Senior Superintendent David Henderson who will relocate to Belize City to take over the Eastern Division. He will be supported by Assistant Superintendent Mark Stevens, currently of the Special Branch and Senior Superintendent Robert Mariano who will leave Orange Walk to become Deputy Commander of the Eastern Division. The new O.C. of Orange Walk will be Superintendent Joseph Myvette, who is presently in charge of the Corozal formation. Superintendent Miguel Guzman has been tapped to leave his desk as Commander of Administration in Belmopan to take over Corozal.

In Belize City, Superintendent Aaron Guzman, the current O.C. of the Crimes Investigation Branch, will take over the Belmopan Police Sub-Formation. The new C.I.B. boss will be Assistant Superintendent Julio Valdez, formerly of Major Crimes. Heading up the Gang and Violent Crimes Unit will be Inspector Oscar Tzib.

In the west, Superintendent Louise Willis, the sitting Officer Commanding in Benque Viejo is now slated to become the Commander of the Planning, Performance Review and Inspection Branch in Belmopan. She will be replaced by Superintendent Dezerie Phillips, who leaves the Tourism Policing Unit.

Superintendent Noel Leal will make the move from the Toledo district to head up the Special Branch in Belmopan. Assistant Superintendent Joachim Sabal is to be the new O.C. in Toledo. Assistant Superintendent Ralph Moody is also moving to Belmopan to take over as Commander of the Special Patrol Unit vacated by Superintendent Alvan Gentle. Gentle will relocate to Stann Creek to take over as there O.C. He will be supported by Inspector Alden Dawson as Deputy. The current O.C., Superintendent Russell Blackett, will be in charge of the Anti-Drug Unit at the Eastern Division. Still in the south, assuming Moody’s post as O.C. of the
Intermediate Southern Formation in Independence Village is Inspector Alton Alvarez. Meanwhile, Inspector Selvin Tillett, the Deputy Commander in Stann Creek will be second in charge of Orange Walk under Joseph Myvette.

As far as an explanation for the radical shake up, the police press release maintains that the changes are in accordance with the “department’s transfer policy for career development in addition to the vacancies created by the scheduled retirement of Deputy Commissioner Maureen Leslie, Assistant Commissioner Crispin Jefferies and Superintendent Rudolph Orio. Again, the new transfers take effect July sixteenth.

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