Recently however, he has been promoted to Superintendant and upholds a new role as the Staff Officer to the Head of National Crime Investigation Branch; taking his leave as the Officer in Command of the Belmopan Branch.
Succeeding him as the new Officer in Command is Superintendant Howell Gillett. He explained to us what the transition has been like for him
“I want to keep what has been working over the years from my predecessor, but there are some things that I want to be strong, and those include, but not limited to professionalism on the part of Police officers. Too many times or too often on the media that police officers are not being professional. So, that is one area that I want to work on. Another area I want to work with is the true partnership with an engagement with the community in Belmopan and the surrounding villages. Similarly to what we see in Belize City with the Precinct policing (I want to do something similar to that) only that we don’t have the infrastructure, meaning the buildings and enough personnel to have a station or a precinct in each and every community. But what we intend to do is to have focus groups who will assign an officer to each one of those areas. As a matter of fact, next week I want to activate the people’s coalition which has been dormant over a long period of time. That is something that we believe that we can partner with the community with and have success”.
According to Officer Gillett, he will continue to do the good work of his predecessor, while at the same time improve in areas he sees necessary.
Supt. Howell Gillet: “The transition has been smooth and I think it is welcome in the part of rank and file. I think that because f the training that I have done over the past as a Graduate f the FBI Academy, the only Bramshill College in the U.K., and that is in Leadership and Management, people know that I am coming with a lot of experience, I have worked in most desk areas in the Police Headquarters and at the Ministry of national Security as a police liaison officer. So, people are aware that I am fully trained and it’s just to put it into practice now on the ground. So, they are very happy, and I expect that we will have very good working relationship with the police and also with the community of Belmopan and the surrounding areas and villages”.
We congratulation Supt. Martinez in his new post as he has been implemental to our crime reports in the past and we would also like to welcome Supt. Howell Gillett to the new post of OC.