Reports of rogue police officers often find their way to our desk, but even though those are the reports that make headlines nationally, it is not representative of all police officers. There are good police officers worthy of being celebrated.
That was the idea on Thursday, as high officials within the Ministry of National Security gathered at the Chon Saan Palace in Belmopan, to give special recognition to eight police officers and special constables.
Superintendant Howell Gillett, Officer Commanding the Belmopan Police Station, has been at the forefront of this initiative, putting more focus on community policing rather than Type One Policing.
Superintendant Howell Gillett – Officer Commanding the Belmopan Police Station
“We often engage ourselves in Type One Policing, meaning arresting and charging ordinary members of the public, but we must find a different way if we don’t have to arrest. If we motivate our officers to do well, they will listen to us and follow our leadership, as we have seen here in Belmopan in the recent past.
To us, Type Four Policing, like what we’re doing today, is a form of Transactional Leadership. We want to tell them thanks, by giving them a certificate and a monetary contribution for the job they’ve done for 2014. So we’re happy to have had this event here today.”
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” I’m sure this will continue.”
Superintendant Howell Gillett
“Of course, this will continue, because it is working. As I’ve said, we’ve reduced crime, especially robberies and burglaries when combined, by more than 40%. We’ve also reduced murder from 16 to 5 for 2014.
So what we’re doing, all that we’re doing, they’re working. So we’ll continue to do them and continue to add, so that as time evolves, we’ll meet the challenges that we’re faced with.”
The officer of the Year award for the year 2014 was given to PC Valdimir Romero. This is his third year in the Belmopan sub formation, making it ten years in the police force altogether. He told us what keeps him motivated every day.
Police Constable Valdimir Romero – Officer of the Year
“I’m very happy. I give thanks to everyone who assisted me in getting this ‘Officer of the Year’ [Award]. First of all, I’m very serious in my job. I love being a Police Officer. I always have motivation. We start at my home. I’m close to my family, my wife. From there on when I go to work, I just go all out.
I try to do my best. I always speak with the community when I do my job. I believe in my colleagues also, who always with me. They encourage me a lot, and that is how I pass my days and do my job, the best as I could.”
“How does this motivate you to just keep doing what you’re doing?”
Police Constable Valdimir Romero
“It motivates me more. I believe it will only make me work harder. because it will give my other colleagues a little boost, so that they can also get this award, maybe in the next year or so.
Of course, this has been motivational for me. I will continue working as usual, but I’ll see if I can work even harder, maybe to be on the list next time also.”
The other awardees are: PC Allim Lopez for the month of August ; PC Kimbolean Burgess for the month of September; PC Ryon Martinez for the month of October; PC Marcelino Rash for the month of November; PC Jose Uh for the month of December; and Special Constables Manfredo Barrera and Edgar Arreazza.
Senior Superintendent Robert Mariano addressed the awardees.
Superintendent Howell Gillett
“Continue to work hard. It will pay off.
As you all know, the Police Department continues to promote officers who work hard. If you continue to work hard, there is no if, but, or maybe, you will be promoted.
Of course, we don’t have space for everybody at the same time, but as time goes by, your hard work will be recognized. So I want to encourage you to continue to work hard, give the officer your full support, and you will be recognized.”