Deputy Commissioner’s Proposal for Firearms Board Sparks Disagreement with Police Chief
Is Deputy Commissioner of Police, Dr. Richard Rosado, out of his mind for supporting the establishment of a Firearms and Ammunition Control Board? That’s the question being asked after Rosado’s boss, the Commissioner of Police, Chester Williams, responded to him saying the move worked in Jamaica. Yesterday, Dr. Rosado spoke to the media about the government’s decision to relinquish Williams of his duty to vet and issue gun licenses. Rosado said he was confident that if Williams no longer held responsibility, the perception of corruption would decrease, and there would be greater transparency and accountability. However, today, ComPol stated once again that he does not support the idea of mimicking what was done in Jamaica.
Chester Williams, Commissioner of Police: “I don’t think anybody in their right mind would want to emulate Jamaica’s gun licensing board. There are a number of issues surrounding that board and while yes I do support that we have a board I think that we can learn from the mistakes that Jamaica had made in creating theirs and make sure that our board is one that will be able to stand up to scrutiny. If you would go and look in Jamaica’s news you would see several instances where the board is under extreme pressure, under investigation because of persons with severe criminal history getting gun licenses from them. I don’t think we want that to happen in Belize so I do not think we should emulate Jamaica’s one.”
Reporter: What do you make then of your DCP contradicting what you had previously said about it ?
Chester Williams, Commissioner of Police: “That is his opinion I’m not going to say anything about it, that’s how he feels.”