Belize Police Department Implements Stricter Training Measures for Officers
The Belize Police Department hopes the implementation of stricter measures will improve training among its rank and file. Recent changes to the department’s handbook require all officers to undergo forty hours of training per year. According to Commissioner of Police Chester Williams, failure to do so will result in the officer not receiving their annual increment. Williams explained that the move seeks to enhance the service provided to the public.
Chester Williams, Commissioner of Police: “We do a number of training, as a matter of fact under our new policy every police officer must undergo forty hours of training per year. Failure to complete the forty hours of training as required by our policy then you will be denied your annual increment and so training is always ongoing and we now have in each of the region what we refer to as a regional training officer and the regional training officer works with the lead training officer in those regions and formations ensuring that the trainings that are supposed to be done are done. They put together the training package they send to the Director of Training’s Office in Belmopan and then the Director of Training ensures that there is follow up in terms of the training. The regional or the formation commanders are the ones who are tasked to identify the area of training that they believe that their people may need and once the area is identified then the Lead Training Officer and the Regional Training Officer would then put together the training.”