Cayo Cop Being Sent Home 4 Doing The Right Thing?

Posted By: Marty

Cayo Cop Being Sent Home 4 Doing The Right Thing? - 04/25/12 02:48 PM

Superintendent Alvan Gentle is the officer in charge at San Ignacio - but, after a short and successful stint - his time may soon be up - because he's made a lot of well-connected enemies with his by-the-nooks-no nonsense approach to crime fighting.

Gentle has been cracking down on public drinking, night spots open after hours, heck, he's even stopped folks form washing their washing vehicles in the Macal river. And don't even ask about opening up on Sunday - because, by the books, all stores have to close by ten AM on the Sabbath.

It's powerful stuff - this by the books business - and it has made him some powerful, well connected enemies - who are reportedly pushing for him to be sent back to headquarters.

In a remarkable and candid interview he gave to PLUS TV last week, Gentle says it appears vindictive:

Superintendent Alvan Gentle
"I was told unofficially so to speak by the Commissioner of Police that I was being recall back to Belmopan. I am a police officer and I am transferrable but at the same if that's the case then I believe it is vindictive for what reason I don't know. There have been some unscrupulous business people that are saying that they will see to it that Mr. Gentle is transferred from here because of them being dealt with because of infractions where the law is concern."

Today a group called the People's Coalition of Cayo sent out a release saying that quote, "The consensus is that Superintendant Gentle's transfer is as a result of his intransigence to political meddling from politicians outside the police's ministry and chain of command."

The group calls for an audience with the Prime Minister.

Channel 7

Posted By: Marty

Re: Cayo Cop Being Sent Home 4 Doing The Right Thing? - 04/26/12 01:59 PM

Gentle Still In Charge In Cayo; On 30 Days Sick

Last night we told you about the embattled Officer Commanding for the Cayo formation, Superintendent Alvan Gentle.

He was ordered to hand over his post today - and return to Belmopan. But, Gentle didn't do that because - as we understand it - he's taken thirty days sick leave.

Another officer - an Inspector, is holding over - and it's left to be seen what Headquarters in Belmopan will do next.

Gentle - as we reported - has gone by-the-books in his four months in the twin towns - strictly enforcing laws on liquor licenses, public drinking - and even stopped stores - including the town tortilla factory - from opening past 10:00 on Sunday.

And while that has earned him many enemies - including well-connected persons, he also has hardcore fans who say that his law and order approach is just what Cayo needs.

For his part, Rowland has said that the attempt to transfer him is vindictive.

When we called Cayo today - we were told that he is still the officer in Charge - but is on sick leave.

Channel 7

Posted By: Marty

Re: Cayo Cop Being Sent Home 4 Doing The Right Thing? - 04/28/12 02:49 PM

Cayo top cop faces transfer!

After taking much heat from the public at large, and the residents of the Old Capital in particular, in the wake of the apparently uncontrollable crime wave that seems to have gripped the city and nation, culminating in the murder and mystery death last weekend of two top city dons, and the investigation by police of one of their own in the brutal murder of a city resident (shot 21 times), one would think that the Police Minister and the department’s top brass would welcome an opportunity to regain the confidence lost by citizens simply tired of crime, violence and an apparently corrupt and untrustworthy Police Department.

Information to Amandala is that the crime situation in the Cayo District has been escalating, and reports are that citizens of the area, especially the twin towns of Santa Elena and San Ignacio, have lately opined that crime and official corruption in the areas, if unchecked, will soon approach Belize City levels.

The Twin Town’s top cop is Senior Superintendent Alvan Gentle, and residents say he has been doing a good job.

Well, it appears he may have been doing “too good a job,” because credible reports are that he is going to be removed from his post.

In fact, the People’s Coalition of Cayo, speaking for and on behalf of a number of other organizations, including businesspersons, who convened a public meeting this week to vent their displeasure, declared that its “support for Superintendent Gentle is overwhelming and unanimous.”

According to the coalition, Sr. Supt. Gentle himself has declared that he has turned a deaf ear “to political meddling from politicians” in the execution of his duties, and the more honest citizens of the area have applauded and supported his efforts.

Sr. Supt. Gentle admitted as much to PLUS TV this week, stating in an interview that, “There have been some unscrupulous businesspeople that are saying that they will see to it that Mr. Gentle is transferred from here because of them being dealt with because of infractions where the law is concerned.”

San Ignacio Police confirmed to us this morning that Sr. Supt. Gentle is currently out on 30 days’ sick leave, but remains in charge, with an inspector as second-in-command. But if the senior command in Belmopan have their way, Sr. Supt. Gentle’s 4-month stay in Cayo will come to an end.

Earlier this week, Minister of National Security John Saldivar was asked publicly to explain what was behind the planned transfer.

Saldivar, in what can only be termed a “very light and flaky” reply, made reference to a “new direction” that the Ministry wants to take in terms of crime fighting. He added, “…in particular reference to the police department at this time we reserve the right at this time to look at our personnel; to deploy and to re-deploy as we see fit and so in the matter of Mister Gentle, it is within that context that we are looking at shifting our officers to suit the new direction that our department wants to go.”

But that explanation doesn’t seem to wash with Cayo residents. The People’s Coalition of Cayo described the senior policeman as “very effective” in his command, citing “policies of zero tolerance on crime and corruption, enforcement of all the laws equally and equitably, his endorsement and implementation of the ‘Broken Windows Theory’, mobilization of community policing and neighborhood watch committees, and his direction and discipline of his officers” as the reason for a decrease in crime in the area.

Another reason the Coalition stands opposed is what it calls “instability and inconsistency” in the high command, which has seen, by its count, six officers in charge in the last five years.

But the most important, according to the Coalition, is that Sr. Supt. Gentle has turned a deaf ear “to political meddling from politicians outside the police’s ministry and chain of command.”

The senior officer insists that no one is above any law that the Department enforces. And that, it seems, does not sit well with the Police Minister and his department’s high command.


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