The talks surrounding the police reshuffle has continued as many speculations still surround the decision to move some of the top ranking officers in the department. Today in an interview with the CEO in the Ministry of Home Affairs, Retired Colonel George Lovell, he clarified the logic behind the decision.
“Majority of the transfers were made for career enhancement of those senior officers. If any of those senior officers want to be come commissioner one day and a number of them are in key positions to be so it is in their best interest not to be at any one particular area but more to be rounded I think that will do them an injustice for them to stay where they are and it will even do is taxpayers and the department an injustice to keep them in one position throughout their career.”
“Can you say then that the people that are replacing these officers were carefully vetted by the Ministry to…”
“Very carefully vetted and very well identified and suited for the positions that they have been designated to take up.”
“The shakeup in Belize City that you are referring to comes at a time when there is serious efforts to keep the peace by the gang elements and they believe that things will be better with one particular officer in charge, do you foresee a set back or backslide once the change goes through?”
“None whatsoever and again my question to you is and maybe you can use whatever response you will have as the answer to the question that you asked is have there been any changes in the major crime rate over the last four years even with this officer being there that you are referring to over the last two years? The next thing is in terms of career prospects for the same officer that you are talking about and all other officers do you think it is fair to leave him there even though he might in fact then as effective as you area saying and don’t give others the same opportunity to prove their work seeing that it is based on their performance that their future enhancement or future promotion or upward mobility within the department will be judged based on the kind of leadership that they have under these same sorts of challenging situations. Don’t you think that everyone deserves a turn.”