Recognizing a veteran policeman


A corporal of the Belize Police Department (BPD), Cpl. Michael Herrera Sr., is being highlighted this week for his work of seventeen years within the BPD. After enlisting in the BPD on October 12, 2002 and passing out on March 23, 2003, Cpl. Herrera has worked tirelessly at his job. After working all that time within the Department and serving his country, the Police Constable has recently been promoted to Corporal and for this promotion, the Corporal is grateful.
Cpl. Herrera is a God-fearing man and concedes that he would not be able to make this long journey of seventeen years without the Lord. Nonetheless, however, the road for this humble public servant was not just laid down in front of him; it was his sweat and hard work which has yielded this harvest. With many milestones to account for his toil, Cpl. Herrera dedicated five years of work with the Community Police Office and that is why he shared these sentiments, “I have always admired COMPOL Chester Williams’ community policing of the country.” After these five years, the officers then went on to work at the Queen Street Police Station as a driver for the Strike Team before working as a Process Server for the Belize City Prosecution Branch. Herrera, after nearly two decades in the service, plans to retire in 2026. From 2002 to now, he has received a great many accolades, certificates, and awards, even achieving the status of Officer of the Month thrice. He was most recently awarded this title in December 2019 and was likewise awarded police officer of the year thrice in 2015, 2018, and 2019.
Cpl. Herrera also has many other achievements under his belt including an introduction to Counselling and Advanced Counselling at the University of the West Indies (UWI). He has also completed a course in counselling at the Belize Defence Force (BDF) camp and a mediation course, both practical and theory, at the Belize Western Biltmore Plaza.
Aside from his work as a police officer, Cpl. Herrera is also very active in his Christian walk. The proud Evangelist does fellowship and teaches Bible Prophecy at The House of Refuge Ministry in Belize City. Furthermore, he teaches Sunday school classes to adults and hosts a program called Countdown to Eternity which is about the coming of the Lord. As he continues to serve the Lord and his country, Corporal Herrera is thankful, firstly, to the Lord for his special blessings and shares his gratitude to COMPOL Williams, who he has always admired.