Police Commissioner Chester Williams in an on-air interview today on Love FM, spoke of the safety and precautionary measures being taken by the department for the police officers. According to the commissioner, the officers are being equipped with gear and equipment for their own protection whilst having to deal with the public.
Commissioner of Police Chester Williams: “One of the things we must ensure is to put measures in place for the protection of our officers because if we begin to have officers falling ill to this virus then they can spread it within the security forces rapidly and then that will make us not be in a position to be able to respond adequately because of the loss of persons through illness. So protection of our officers is very paramount and I explained that with my commanders I met with them this morning again and emphasized the point that while yes we expect certain things of our officers out there that we must ensure that we give our officers the PPEs that they need with a view to ensure that they protect themselves from this virus as well and so that is being done. Mrs.Magdaleno who is commander admin has been extremely busy procuring equipment for our officers and distributing them. I have tasked her to go around the country at each police station to ensure that whatever measures we are implementing internally that they’re carried through and she’s doing that, the commanders are also on the ground ensuring that our officers are protecting themselves. I also want to implore to the officers that while we give you this equipment please utilize them because we’re seeing that we have issued to some of the officers and they are not using it so we want them to use it because their protection is important to us. So internally we are doing things to ensure the protection of our officers and externally we’re also ensuring that we execute whatever measures have been issued by the national committee with a view to ensure that we play our part from a security standpoint for the safety of our Belizean people.“
In addition, Police Commissioner says that they are also looking at the opening hours of several establishments around the country and a national curfew.
Commissioner of Police Chester Williams: “We made recommendations to the committee to suspend liquor license or if they are allowed to be opened that they only be opened for a certain time and whenever they are selling we’d want that if they’re allowed to sell , to sell for consumption off the premise because again once these bar stay open it poses some potential for a crowd to go in there and I’m happy that when I heard the Prime Minister’s press conference this morning he alluded to the fact that the bars, the casinos and other places that may harbor persons in large numbers that they’re looking to see what could be done to be able to address to have them closed. And so I’m hoping that within the next few hours we’re going to see some directives coming out and some amendments to the law by way of regulation to be able to address these liquor licenses. We have also made recommendations for a nationwide curfew for children under the age of 16, we understand that school has closed, many children are out they are roaming the streets in large numbers and we want to be able to curtail that and so we believe that having a nationwide curfew will also assist us in terms of ensuring that we minimize the amount of persons on the street at any given time.”