The Police Officer is your friend says New Police Superintendent Print
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Thursday, 17 July 2014 00:00

As one of the first police officers to be promoted in the past two months, Police Superintendent Dinsdale Thompson has now become the Officer in Charge of the San Ignacio Police Formation, bringing in a new management style to policing. Since the first of last month, Dinsdale Thompson has been attempting to take community policing to a new level, which is nothing new since he had served the community of San Ignacio and Santa Elena from 2008 to 2010.

“I strongly believe that without the community we cannot function as a police formation and we want to see San Ignacio and Santa Elena, continue to become one of the most safer[sic] tourist destinations,” says Dinsdale Thompson.

So far, Thompson has met with the Police Special Constables, who on a daily basis are volunteering on the Cayo frontlines to reduce crime. On Wednesday of last week, he also met with the People’s Coalition of Cayo PCC, another group that seeks to further good community and police relations in the furtherance of a lower crime level. At the meeting with the PCC, Superintendent Dinsdale Thompson committed to continue working with the community and also announced that a new award system will be implemented for police officers at his formation to raise their morale levels.

As part of this morale boosting effort for the San Ignacio Police, the new Officer in Charge has already sent out letters to the business community to seek their cooperation in providing tokens to deserving police officers on a monthly basis, which is to be retroactive from the past six months. Members of the San Ignacio Police Formation, who are deemed to have good relations with the public will be rewarded under the welfare sector program. At least two police officers from that formation will be rewarded in a ceremony next week Friday at the San Ignacio Police Station for their outstanding performance.

“People can come to the police station and feel welcome…the police is your friend, the police is not your enemy…,” continues Dinsdale Thompson.

“We are working on a side of completing investigations that have been started and not just completing them but completing them within a shorter time period.”

Dinsdale Thompson met with the Cayo Neighborhood Watch Association CNWA on Wednesday night to set the same tone of the importance of good community policing. To continue to forge these new relations, the San Ignacio Police Formation will be holding a public meeting at the Cayo Welcome Center at 7:00 pm on August 6, 2014.

Superintendent Dinsdale Thompson had been serving as Officer in Charge of the Benque Viejo del Carmen Police Station for the past two years, which is now a community with the “lowest in crime” he asserts. He is being replaced in Benque Viejo Town by Assistant Superintendent of Police Daniel Arzu who had previously held the position of Deputy Officer in Charge of the Corozal Police Station. Meanwhile; former Officer in Charge of San Ignacio Police Ralph Moody has been transferred to the Stann Creek District where he now takes the role as Regional Commander of the Southern Formation.