Just after midday today the Ministry of National Security announced the promotion of Deputy Commissioner of Police, Chester Williams to the post of Commissioner of the Belize Police Department effective January 9, 2019. Williams succeeds Allen Whylie who served in that post from 2013. The Minister of National Security John Saldivar thanked Whylie for his close to six years of leadership that he provided to the Department and offered him best wishes in his future endeavours. During an interview earlier in the morning with Williams he responded to reports of his pending appointment.
Chester Williams, Deputy Commissioner of Police: “You’re giving me news. I cannot say that. I’m still the Deputy Commissioner of Police as you can see on the rank on my shoulder so as it relates to being the commissioner I don’t know. If or when I get that call then I can say yes.”
Reporter: Would you accept?
Chester Williams, Deputy Commissioner of Police: “Of course it is the dream of any police officer 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.”