Just before news time, major changes were announced by the Ministry of National Security to the high command of the police force. Firstly, the ministry says this will bring about greater efficiency. The most substantive changes include the promotion of Deputy Commissioner of Police, Allen Whylie to Acting Commissioner of Police, replacing David Henderson who now takes up the post of Director of the National Forensic Science Service. Marco Vidal, who has been heading the Gang Suppression Unit and whose removal had been rumoured for some times, is being transferred as head of the Special Branch but a replacement has not been named. Other changes include that Assistant Commissioner of Police Elodio Aragon Junior is promoted to Acting Deputy Commissioner with additional responsibility for Operations. He leaves the post of Officer Commanding Eastern Division, which is being assumed by ACP Miguel Segura who moves from Head of National Crimes Investigation Branch.
Elodio Aragon Jr.
Senior Superintendent Miguel Guzman moves to the Police Headquarters in Belmopan on what is referred to as a special assignment. Desiree Philips and Marlon Allen are appointed as Deputy O.C.s of the Eastern Division while Superintendent Arnold and ASP Christopher Noble are also being deployed to that division. Assistant Superintendent Vienne Robinson moves from Coastal Executive Officer to the Eastern Division and is replaced by Assistant Superintendent Luis Castellanos. And Acting Assistant Commissioner Russell Blackett will Head the National Crimes Investigation Branch. Whylie takes over command of the Police Department on January ninth while the other transfers will follow on the fourteenth.