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Jan 10, 2013

Pomp and circumstance for changing of police command

The crime rate in Belize, particularly murders, has reached a historical high and it appears to only be getting worse with every violent killing, the heinous sexual crimes against women and children, the frequent shootings and other firearm related offences. With no change in sight, residents no longer feel safe and some have started seeing the Police Department as an enemy. That’s the size of the load that was picked up by the new Commissioner of Police Allen Whylie who was officially given command of the force during a ceremony in Belmopan on Wednesday. Whylie comes with twenty-six years of service under his belt and says he stands prepared to take on the challenge of changing the type of policing in Belize and in turn, bringing the streets under control. Here’s what he had to say at the change of command exercise.


Allen Whylie, Commissioner of Police

Allen Whylie

“We are challenged with the issue of crime countrywide, but in particular in Belize City. I want to tell you that don’t despair; I am committed, the leadership is committed, the government is committed to make the necessary changes that the citizenry across this country and, in particular, Belize City, can really enjoy the level of safety and security that they deserve and I will work tirelessly, the senior officers and the members of this Belize Police Department will work tirelessly. We will have challenges, we will have setbacks but I am committed, we are committed. And as we make this change today in the Police Department, I want to ask the citizenry to partner with me, to walk along with me on this journey that we can truly, truly be successful at the crime fighting effort. It is no longer that the Belize Police Department, although we are responsible, there is collective responsibility and together we will be able to achieve and get the job done. Although, I have reached the pinnacle, I am not satisfied because I know that we can do better and we will be doing better. And I want to assure you that I have already directed my officers that each and every police officer has got to see myself as a community oriented officer and we need to move from just talking that philosophy to actually implementing and we are putting plans in place. We’ve had a number of meetings and very shortly, we’ll be making public in terms of some of the changes we’ll be doing, in terms of the type of policing we’ll be doing in particular in Belize City. We cannot continue to maintain the same status quo and expect to have different results. Changes will be made but I ask the citizenry not to lose hope. I am committed, I am dedicated and we are committed. We’re convinced we can get the job done.”


Several other transfers in the upper ranks of the Police Department take effect next Monday.

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3 Responses for “Pomp and circumstance for changing of police command”

  1. Rod says:

    The bs out of this administration never ends they just keep changing personnel around every so often to make it look like they are doing something different but the fact is that they cannot change anything until and when this useless pm and gov. Are gone and locked up for corruption and treason this pm and gov are the worse in the history of this nation more people have been murdered in the past 5 years under this gov. Than the pass 50 years combined and that’s a fact so people march march on this useless pm and gov. Kick them out.

  2. Storm says:

    I have high expectations for the new ComPol.

    While he has to deal with daily crime, I hope he will also make sure to try to improve and strengthen the department for the future, including looking for training assistance from abroad, especially the States and the Brits. I’m sure it will be there if he asks, and professional training is desperately needed at almost every level.

    While it’s not under ComPol’s command, I think DPP should look for training support, too. Good police work needs flawless prosecution in order for justice to prevail.

  3. Shitfloats says:

    Whilst some can congratulate the process, many will scorn seeing the Belizean Flag on the ground almost trampled on. When criminals gather, you always see the lawlessness somewhere, I feel for the Belizean People now more than ever.

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