No New Crime Strategy, just the same ole…same ole
Belize City: Wednesday 9th January 2019
“Of course it is the dream of any police officer’s to rise up to the top and become the commissioner of police and so if it is offered to me I am surely going to accept and will ensure that I do my best in that capacity.”
On Tuesday, the Ministry of National Security announced that Chester Williams was being appointed to full Commissioner of Police, effective January 9, 2019. Williams takes over the reins of the Police department from Allen Whylie, who was in that post for six years since 2013.
Chester Williams’ dreams have come through; he has risen to the top to become Commissioner of Police and now it is time to wake up. The question in the minds of every Belizean is: Does he have the capacity and what it takes to rise to the occasion? To provide the long awaited acceptable level of public-safety assurance law-abiding citizens have been craving for? As we all know Williams has been at the forefront trying to put a damper on the growing, uncontrollable pestilence of Crime and Violence in Belize but with little success because citizens still remain hostages to this epidemic.
Chester Williams has been acting like Commissioner of Police for almost two years and obviously, he has been at the helm of the department since the out-going Commissioner has been the out-of-commission and out-of-site. During this time, his performance has shown that there is still a lot to be desired. In his line of police work, there is no room for him to be acting as the top cop. Some may have looked at him like the jester in the high command but that is another story.
Over the last ten years, we have all witnessed a dramatic rise in violent crime across the country to the point where it is now believed that criminals have taken over control of the streets and do as they wish at all levels of our society. While this corrupt UDP government acts with impunity using their functions in government for their personal benefit, they have neglected thier duties with the affairs of the people and lacks the ability to propose a decent strategy to serve as a blue print and guideline for the police to follow. The police high command has been acting without a sense of direction with a growing number of elements themselves committing atrocious high profile crimes. Our Justice system looking stagnant with a huge backlog of cases in both the magistrate’s Court and the Supreme Court. Seemingly they have exceeded their capacity to dispense justice in a timely manner and when they finally do, only a handful gets convicted.
The new Commissioner, Chester Williams is not venturing into anything new; he has been at the boardroom with the Minister of police during the last two years, he has advised the Minister to take certain measures that have equal a police state in certain areas of Belize City. The Police department continues in disarray today to the point where Drug Cartels such as the Sinaloa Cartel, Los Zeta’s and Jalisco, Nueva Generacion has been utilizing our national territory for their exclusive use of their drug plane landings for transhipments into Mexico and beyond. This report has been published in Mexican Newspapers, echoed by a Mexican Brigadier General at the 34th Military Base in Chetumal Quintana Roo confirmed drug plane landings in Belize near the Mexican border, and now it has played out in New York Court during the case of Joaquin El Chapo Guzman when Vicente Zambada has repeated that Belize is a transhipment point of the Sinaloa Cartel. During this year alone more than 12 planes have landed in the Blue Creek area near Mexico; the Trafficking of humans is another concern, which has caused the US State department to reprimand the Belize Government in their quarterly Report. Contraband of liquor and Cigarettes among other products is moved in and out of Belize with no intelligence by police to stop their activities. Meanwhile, Commissioner Chester Williams seem confused believing that citizens will continue living this nightmare of crime and violence while he continues believing that being the terms and reference of the top cop is the traditional trial and error that have the police department in the mess it is.
But the new Commissioner of Police, Chester Williams wasted no time on Wednesday to set up and restructure the new Chester Team, removing the hiccups with shake-ups in terms of commanding officers and putting other officer who he believe will realize his objectives. Some of the changes includes removing Marco Vidal as head of Special Branch and re-named commander of Operations working in tandem with Deputy Commissioner, Edward Broaster who is Head of National Operations.
Howell Gillett takes over as the head of Special Branch while A C P, Robert Mariano will take over as Commander Administration. Senior Superintendent Alden Dawson is now the Officer Commanding the Regional Eastern Division and Senior Superintendent Lincoln Hemsley will command Eastern Division (Region Three). Superintendent Daniel Arzu now heads Eastern Division (Region One); Senior Superintendent Marlon Allen takes over as Director of Training and Superintendent Dwayne Sutherland is now the head of Professional Standards Branch.
Inspector Stanley Bowden will now be the Deputy Commander of the Professional Standards Branch; Assistant Superintendent of Police, John Moreira as the Commandant of the Police Training Academy and Assistant Superintendent of Police, Christopher Patrick Noble is back in action Commanding Precinct Two.
Late this evening the Police department issued the following: It was brought to our attention that there’s a circulation of a document that lists reshuffling and postings of Senior Police Officers in the Belize Police Department; we ask that this document be disregard, as the Commissioner of Police, Mr.Chester Willians is in constant dialogue and communication with his Senior Officers, and command. In light of this, the Commissioner of Police will make his official announcement to the general public of any changes within the department during the course of the 3rd week of January, 2019.