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Chester is the new COMPOL Print E-mail
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Friday, 11 January 2019 00:00

It was officially announced on Tuesday, January 8, 2019 that Chester Williams, former Deputy Commissioner of Police, would assume the role of Commissioner of Police. The change, which took effect on Wednesday, January 9, 2019, was predicted by several media outlets but denied by COMPOL Williams himself when he was asked about the promotion a few days prior. Even up to Tuesday, January 8, 2019, he insisted that he was only acting in the role of Deputy COMPOL and did not know of any change. What he did admit was that if he were to be promoted, which is the dream of any police officer, he would surely accept and do his best in the capacity.

COMPOL Williams has worked his way up in the Belize Police Department and now holds the position at age 44. COMPOL before him, Allen Whylie, held the position for nearly six years, the longest in Belize’s history and while he can be viewed as a more conventional management style, it is expected that COMPOL Williams will maintain his proactive way of operating.

Many believe that the promotion was hinted by Rt. Hon. Prime Minister Dean Barrow in his New Year message saying, “2019 will... see a concentrated effort on reform for a more effective Belize Police Department. This reform will start at the very top and permeate throughout all ranks.”

While it has not even been a few days since COMPOL Williams has assumed his new role, one thing is for certain is that he has a lot on his plate.