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ComPol cracks down on police special duties

By Michelle Sutherland
Staff Reporter

Commissioner of Police, Allen Whylie, said the department is cracking down on police officers working special duties at private establishment without his knowledge or consent.

At a press conference hosted at the Racoon Street Police Station on Wednesday, Whylie said the police department is a disciplined orginization and not a private security force, therefore any officer who wants to work special duties at any establishment, is required to follow their standing orders and apply directly to him. He will then review those applications to ensure that they are legitimate and then make a decision.

Special duties are locally defined as off duty police officers taking on private security at business establishment where they are paid as much a ten dollars an hour for services rendered. In many instances in the past, these establishments included commercial sex brothels that sometimes employ human trafficking victims as waitresses or escorts.

The crackdown follows Belize’s inclusion on US State Department’s Human Trafficking report for 2017, which listed Belize as a Tier 3 country, the absolute worst ranking on the list. Belize was included for instances in which police officers secured establishment facilitating human trafficking.

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