Commissioner of Police, Chester Williams, is tooting the police department’s horn after they successfully diverted a suspected drug plane. Residents in the Chunox Village, Corozal District, reported sightings of the plane. According to Williams, planes coming into the area from South America are a daily occurrence, but police officers are up to the task.
Chester Williams, Commissioner of Police: “From yesterday evening up to this morning around five we were monitoring tracks and the first track that came flew over and we later received information it landed in Guatemala and the second track that came again we got information that went to Mexico. So again as I’ve always maintained that as much as we’re not given credit for our efforts in deterring these planes from landing in our country we continue to do our best on a daily basis. We’re up all night monitoring these tracks, we don’t sleep and have to come to work in the morning still is life of the police.”
While those officers deserve a pat on the back, there are others who do not uphold the oath they made to serve the country. One such officer is Police Constable Nadir Mendoza. If his name sounds familiar, it is because he has been involved in numerous criminal incidents. An incident back in February during which a police issued 9mm pistol was found in the Corozal Free Zone was the last straw for Mendoza. Senior Superintendent Dwayne Sutherland, who heads the Professional Standard Branch, explained more.
Senior Superintendent Dwayne Sutherland, Belize Police Department: “A police officer was charge criminally. Further internal police investigation resulted in disciplinary charges being laid against Nadir Mendoza, Police Constable, for making away with fire arm and ammunition, carrying and keeping fire arm and ammunition, and act to prejudice the good order and discipline. On Thursday 16th July 2020 the tribunal ended where Nadir Mendoza was found guilty of all three charges. As a result the adjudicator recommended his dismissal on all three charges.”
Another officer, PC Nelson Ramos, has found himself in trouble with the department after he allegedly raped a 17-year-old in Independence Village, Stann Creek District. Sutherland told the media more.
Senior Superintendent Dwayne Sutherland, Belize Police Department: “That investigation resulted in the detention and charging of Police Constable Nelson Ramos who is attached to the Independence Police Station. He was arraigned on Thursday the 16th of July 2020 where he was remanded until his next court appearance which will be on the 13th of October 2020.”
The community of Roaring Creek, Cayo District, is thanking the police department after they were engaged in a hot pursuit to catch known criminals on Friday. Assistance Commissioner of Police, Joseph Myvett, gave more details of what transpired.
ACP Joseph Myvette, Head of National Crimes Investigation Branch: “Police were in pursuit of a vehicle and the vehicle ended up somewhere in the Another World area as you mentioned. Those suspects are still being sought at this time as none of them were captured. The vehicle has since been impounded whereas the investigation is still ongoing. Those persons in the vehicle are believed to have been part of a series of robberies that have been committed within the Belmopan area.”
Over the weekend, officers also made a discovery of smoke grenades in Roaring Creek. ACP Myvett explained more about that operation.
ACP Joseph Myvette, Head of National Crimes Investigation Branch: “Roaring Creek Police Officers including all the different agencies conducted an operation on the Young Gial Road in Tea Kettle Village which led them to the discovery of three 223 weapon magazines, one 223 round of ammunition, one riot smoke grenade and one anti riot irritant grenade. No one was found in the area so these items were collected and deposited as found property whilst the investigation continues.”
A woman was home alone when her home was burglarized by four armed men on Saturday morning in the Maya Mopan area of Belmopan. ACP Myvett told us the details of this incident.
ACP Joseph Myvette, Head of National Crimes Investigation Branch: “She was approached by four Hispanic males whom were armed and they entered her home where searches were conducted whilst they inquired from her where was the driver of the truck. She was alone at the time, the persons then took some of her electronic items and made good their escape. Police are investigating this matter and are following several leads at this time.”