Since he took over Command of Southside Belize City, Senior Superintendent Howell Gillett has been making his rounds enlisting the support of various sectors of the community to boost policing efforts to address the crime situation. In an interview with the media on Wednesday, the Commander said these efforts have been quote, “extremely successful”. Among those he has met with are representatives of Scotia Bank, and other partners. And while his focus is to address crime in the City, Commander Gillett says he is also focused on improving the working conditions of his officers.
Sr.Supt.Howell Gillett, Commander Southside Belize City: “We want to help when an officer goes on the street and witnesses a murder we want to offer some counseling shortly thereafter where applicable; that’s one – too many officers are involved in commuting and we have to do something about it. These officers don’t get enough rest; imagine and officer living in Corozal coming off at 7 in the morning, has to go home by the time he reaches home then he has to return to the city to work so all these will lend to show the officers that we do care so we want to build a twenty man Barrack room to start with and it will be; for those who are wishing for it to be for everybody, it will be for the lower ranks so inspectors and above will not be able to use these facilities. It is for the officers who get the lowest salary in the Police department. We discuss concessionary loans based on the salaries of these officers to help them to augment whatever household appliances and even to build their homes so we want to help the officer.”
Commander Gillet added that they are also looking to improve the working environment of officers who are stationed under tents in different areas throughout the Southside of the City. These would be upgraded to booths where officers can better shelter from the elements