In recent months, the media has reported on stories of police officers videoed as they packed police mobiles with contraband goods. We also saw footage of a high speed chase where cops were filmed fleeing from customs officers as they tried to smuggle a 40 pound bag of uncustomed clothes. Those videos went viral and according to reports, it placed a strain on the relationship between customs and police. However, in an interview with the media yesterday, Comptroller of Customs, Collin Griffith refuted those rumors.
Colin Grffith, Comptroller of Customs: I can say that the relationship between customs and police is very good. You do have isolated incidents, but that doesn’t speak to exactly what happens between customs and police. And I would never say that the relationship between customs and police is sour in any way whatsoever. Because of these incidents we have had discussion with the police high command. I can say specifically that our system control in charge of Corozal met with the commander of the Corozal area; but as far as that no sour relationship between custom and police.