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SP Police’s Commanding Officer to be transferred

Posted By: Marty

SP Police’s Commanding Officer to be transferred - 12/18/12 02:15 PM


For weeks it has been widely rumored within the Belize Police Department that the Officer Commanding San Pedro Police Station Assistant Superintendent of Police Viennie Robinson would be transferred before the 2013 Easter Holiday. It has now been confirmed that her transfer is imminent and that in fact, will be done even before completing a year at the helm of the San Pedro Police force. The confirmation was made by her direct superior, Commander of the Eastern Division Police Formation responsible for San Pedro, Assistant Commissioner of Police, Elodio Aragon Jr.

Aragon made the confirmation during the regular Monday Police Press Conference on December 10th. “When it comes to Mrs. Viennie Robinson, the officer commanding San Pedro, she has been slated for transfer and I think presently that is being looked at for January. If I am not mistaken it is for the 15th of January of next year for her to be transferred to Belize City, and at that point in time, a replacement will be sent out to San Pedro. That has been in the plan already,” said Aragon.

There has been no official reason given for her transfer, but it has been public knowledge that Robinson’s by-the-book approach to the law was not well received by residents who had enjoyed a more liberal policing approach. Robinson and Commissioner of Police David Henderson also had differences dating back to Good Friday of 2012, when she was asked to allow the sale of alcohol and she refused, quoting the Belize laws that prohibit the sale of alcohol during the said day. In addition, on the 11th of August, Robinson and Henderson had yet another disagreement over the arrest of 19-year-old Sylvia Teul (said to be the girlfriend of the nephew of the Commissioner) who was detained and denied police bail after she allegedly assaulted a female special constable inside the San Pedro Police Station.

While Robinson declined to officially comment on the issue, The San Pedro Sun understands Henderson has sent a request for Robinson’s transfer to the Public Service Commission with the support of Area Representative Manuel Heredia Jr. The San Pedro Sun understands that Robinson will be transfer to a “desk” position at the Traffic Department of the Belize Police Formation, while Assistant Superintendent of Police Chris Noble will be taking over the San Pedro Police Formation. Robinson, respected by many within the Police Department as a “no nonsense officer,” took over the helm on the San Pedro Police Formation on the 13th of March of 2012. She became the first female to lead the SP Police Formation but also becomes the first Commanding Officer to serve the least time in such position.Robinson has been with the Police Department for over 28 years and in 2010 received a long service medal for her outstanding and dedication in her career. ASP Robinson is scheduled for retirement in four years.

San Pedro Sun

Posted By: Bear

Re: SP Police’s Commanding Officer to be transferred - 12/19/12 04:20 PM

Damned shame IMO...
Posted By: JZB

Re: SP Police’s Commanding Officer to be transferred - 12/19/12 04:59 PM

Agreed! There is no helping our crime situation if we keep transferring the good cops off the island.
Posted By: Katie Valk

Re: SP Police’s Commanding Officer to be transferred - 12/19/12 08:45 PM

Do what you can to keep her. The Min of Natl Security should be able to overide the Min of Tourism's out of line attempt to placate a few visitors.
Posted By: JZB

Re: SP Police’s Commanding Officer to be transferred - 12/20/12 12:06 AM

I am under the impression (hearsay) that she wants to go. Why would she want to stay when there is so much pressure on her NOT to do her job properly and have her authority undermined at every turn. Not a good situation for anyone.
Posted By: SP Daily

Re: SP Police’s Commanding Officer to be transferred - 12/20/12 12:41 AM

Ima go with her...
Posted By: SnoopysMom

Re: SP Police’s Commanding Officer to be transferred - 12/20/12 03:52 AM

For once I agree with you, SP Daily!
Posted By: Bear

Re: SP Police’s Commanding Officer to be transferred - 12/20/12 04:25 PM

If that's the case I cant say that I blame her JZB...were I in her shoes I'd be thinking that this, after the Battle of Good Friday, means that what autonomy I had is basically gone at this point. I'd want to leave with my integity intact.

It's just too bad she didnt have a more professional and better trained staff with which to take her intentions to the street. Katie's comment may be true but I suspect that the work dynamics that such an override would create would be difficult,at best,for her to overcome.
Posted By: iluvbelize

Re: SP Police’s Commanding Officer to be transferred - 12/20/12 07:31 PM

I hope the new commanding officer fires those two police who were drunk and armed and stuck the gun in that guys mouth and who beat that woman with the baton. That is the only proper course of action and they should serve as examples to the other police that this type of behavior will not be tolerated.
Posted By: Chris

Re: SP Police’s Commanding Officer to be transferred - 12/21/12 10:18 PM

it is no bad thing that she is being moved off the island. The fact that we have 30 drug dealers openly peddling their wares to tourists, often tourist families with children, without any arrests being made is testimony to that.

I'd like to see half the police numbers at twice the pay, make San Pedro a "plumb post" for police officers here, any messing around doing private security work or colluding with and failing to arrest drug dealers and they're off the island and on to regular wages. Right now we have about 34 fundamentally useless police officers on the force. I'd sooner have about 15-18 top-notch cops on high wages.

Posted By: Amanda Syme

Re: SP Police’s Commanding Officer to be transferred - 12/21/12 11:27 PM

I would prefer to see us have the full complement of officers that we should have when you look at the size of area and population density that this town represents - and I want them to all be good. Okay, out of 90 officers we will probably have 10% that are lazy or do the bare minimum required of them - but we need the sheer volume/number of officers in order to cover 3 shifts allowing for illness, court appearances, leave etc.

Yes I think the housing supplement should be raised. I think this should be a plum posting. I think we would, as a community be very welcoming and appreciative of police officers that do a great job - with rewards, benefits etc.

We have to do our part. We have to report corruption, complain when officers are badly behaved - but also commend great service and be friendlier, more welcoming and and be more co-operative.

Most police officers here know they are not welcome, distrusted, disrespected etc - and that is from the minute they arrive on the island. That hostile environment doesn't make for a high morale.

Let's all do our part folks.
Posted By: cracked up

Re: SP Police’s Commanding Officer to be transferred - 12/25/12 10:49 PM

10%?
When it takes 1/2hr to respond to a home invasion with brutal
,you think they deserve respect?
Posted By: cracked up

Re: SP Police’s Commanding Officer to be transferred - 12/25/12 10:50 PM

10%?
When it takes 1/2hr to respond to a home invasion with brutal assault, you think they deserve respect
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