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Police officers not exempt from taking losses during Hurricane Lisa; Department pledges to help affected officers

Posted: Tuesday, November 8, 2022. 11:38 am CST.

By Benjamin Flowers: While the Belize Police Department as an institution did not suffer any major loss relating to Hurricane Lisa, many of its officers were affected and Police Commissioner Chester Williams says the department will do its best to help.

Williams addressed the media on Monday, explaining that with the exception of flooding in Precinct 1 Belize City which had some flooding, and the police station in Gales Point which lost some zinc roofing, there were no major damages reported to police buildings countrywide. The department’s vehicles were also secured before the storm and were also unaffected.

However, Williams notes that a number of police officers, primarily in Belize City, had major issues relating to damages to their homes and property. Williams said that, while the department cannot cover all their losses, affected officers will be receiving financial support.

“I have already directed the chair of our trust fund sub committee to see if we can approve a $1,500 grant to those officers to help replenish some of their losses and I’m sure they can receive other assistance either through NEMO or through their respective area representatives…” Williams said.

Meanwhile, those officers are still expected to report to work. Williams acknowledged that while it is a difficult situation for his officers, it is the nature of policing. He also commended his officers for being resilient in the face of these challenges.

 

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