Police officers gathered at the Queen Street Police Station this morning to recognize four police officers. The officers, Woman Corporal Cassandra O’Brien; Corporal Brizenio Choc; Police Constable Lennox Castillo and Police Constable Frederick Frazer, were awarded for their swift response to the murders of Giovanni Lennan on November 14 and Zheng Liu on November 23 in Belize City. Police Commissioner Chester Williams was on hand for the ceremony.
Chester Williams, Commissioner of Police: “We recognize our officers who have performed exceptionally well in the apprehension and the investigation of two major cases within the Belize district. The first matter will be the officer who single handedly pursued the person who was responsible for the shooting death of Mr.Lennan here in Belize City. I must say that the officer was very courageous in pursuing that individual until he was caught and subsequently charged for murder and is now behind prison where he belongs. Please let’s give that officer a round of applause. The second incident is the shooting death of Mr.Zheng which took place on the George Price Highway around mile 4 and again two officers from SPU were able to act swiftly in detaining the persons concerned, recover the vehicle of Mr.Zheng that was stolen during the crime and the CIB officer who put the pieces together Mr.Obrein- again these officers performed exceptionally well.”
The awardees were handed a certificate of recognition and a cash reward. Police Commissioner noted to the media that it is part of his strategy to commend officers when they perform well in the execution of their duties.
Chester Williams, Commissioner of Police: “I must say that you’d know that as a disciplined organization we are in the habit of disciplining officers to ensure that the tow a straight line but equally we must also be that department that is quick to reward our officers who perform exceptionally well. Under this administration we believe in ensuring that when our officers do well that they get the recognition that they so deserve for the good work that they do. We do understand the reason why the public behave the way they do, many of the work the police does goes unnoticed. I’m sure that every day the police protect many lives and save many lives but it is not seen. The presence of the police one the streets cannot be measured to be able to say well they saved this amount of lives today or that amount of lives the next day, it is never measured and cannot be measured but our mere presence within the communities do create that semblance of safety to some extent and do serve as a deterrent to criminality to some extent and so we do a lot. But the public does expect that we should do more and I also believe that we can do more and I always implore among our officers to ensure that whenever they go out and do their job that they perform to the best of their ability. They must look at policing not just as a job but as a career, a way or a means by which they can positively impact the lives of people, a way by which they can save lives, try to make themselves exemplary role models for children to emulate.”
The four awardees are not the only good officers in the department as noted by the Commissioner. He explained to the media that there are many who are outstanding in their performance.
Chester Williams, Commissioner of Police: “I must say we have a number of officers who fit within that category; comes to work everyday and goes go above and beyond the call of duty to ensure that the area in which they work is safe. Yes we have a few that will go on a frolic of their own and those are the ones that give the entire department the black eye that we get at times but we have to continue trying, we can’t give up and we can’t hate the public for saying the things they say at times, we just have to take the criticism in a positive way and see how we can use it to improve ourselves and that’s what we try to do on a daily basis.”
The ceremony was brief and took place at around ten thirty this morning.