Several members of the Belize Police Department concluded a training today in Belmopan, Cayo District. The training focused on investigations and was aimed at building the capacity of those in the Criminal Investigative Branch, as explained in the following report from our Cayo Correspondent, Fem Cruz.
Fem Cruz, Cayo Correspondent: This afternoon at a short ceremony held at the Police Training Academy in Belmopan 31 police officers from the different formations across the country have completed a three week basic training in criminal investigation. ComPol explained.
Chester Williams, Commissioner of Police: “I must say that the training came very timely in the sense that over and over we have been criticized as it relates to the level or standard of investigations that our officers have been conducting. Even though as a department we believe that the performance of our investigators have been satisfactory we do also recognize that a person could never be over trained and as much as the amount of training that they can get the better it will be for us because if they’re better trained then they’ll be in that position where they can then perform satisfactory to the needs of the public. The job of an investigator must always be to bring satisfaction to the aggrieved person and that satisfaction shall come through through effective investigation. Whether or not the matter goes to court and there is a conviction or acquittal the fact is that the investigator would have done his or her part and then it will be a matter for the aggrieved person to go to court to testify and then for the court to determine the guilt or the innocence of the accused person. As investigators we must not be focused on believing that our duty must always be to say that a crime has been committed but we must also focus on exculpatory evidence because sometimes persons who are accused of committing crimes may not have committed the crime and so we must ensure that if we have evidence that exonerates a person then we must also focus on that while then focus on a new direction as to where the evidence takes you to the person who may have actually committed the crime. And so this training we’re grateful for because it gives our officers that additional tool, it gives them more knowledge and therefore they are more powerful in the sense that they can now go back to their respective area and we expect that they’ll become more efficient and effective in the performance of their duties as investigators.”