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ComPol Says Officers Miscue is Due to Incorrect Instructions

What was supposed to be a celebratory occasion for the Belize Police Department, quickly turned into a comedic scene after an incorrect command was given during yesterday’s award ceremony.  The video capturing this moment of confusion went viral on social media last night and, this morning Police Commissioner Chester Williams commented on the video. ComPol Williams came to the defence of his officers saying (quote) “The mishap on the parade square yesterday during the medals and awards ceremony was clearly not the fault of the officers who turned facing the street.  The parade commander made the error; he should have instructed for a left turn instead of a right turn.  The officers who turned left did so because they knew it was to be a left turn.  It was clearly an error on the part of the commander and he offered his apology for it.  I would therefore ask that we take into consideration the fact that police officers are also fallible beings and focus on all the positive things that took place yesterday and put behind us the little negative.  As a society, we have allowed that little mishap to overshadow the fact that over 300 police officers were awarded for exemplary service to this country.  This type of mishap happens even in the military where drills are more rigid.” (End quote).  It was an occasion where almost hundreds of officers of the Belize Police Department were being celebrated for their outstanding service; however, that one error changed the essence of the event.