BELIZE CITY, Wed. Jan. 27. 2021– Last week it was announced that over one thousand Belizeans from different parts of the country had sat the entry exams to join Belize’s police force. Oddly, the Police Department made it clear that they were only in need of about two hundred recruits to fill their vacancies, but this did not deter the flood of applicants.
This week the results are in, and the public has been informed that one thousand applicants were successful in passing their exams. The Police Department now has the overwhelming task of selecting the two hundred and twenty-five officers needed to fill their vacant posts. On Monday, the second phase of the recruitment process had begun, as applicants from Corozal and Orange Walk made their way to the Police Academy in Belmopan to sit interviews.
Commissioner of Police Chester Williams spoke with the media on Monday and outlined the next steps of the elimination process:
“…What we commenced today is bring those persons who were successful in the exam to the academy to undergo an interview, and so today we are dealing with Orange Walk and Corozal. Those persons who are successful in interviews will move on to the third stage of elimination, which is going to be the vetting, and from the vetting we eliminate further and we go to the medical, and from the medical we eliminate, we come up with our final list. One must understand that we just have vacancy for two-twenty-five, and we can’t go beyond that, because we don’t have the budgetary allocation for it, and so those persons who might not be as fortunate, then we might just have to tell them, you know next time round we will consider you,” Commissioner Williams said.
The Police Commissioner says that those who are not successful in their applications will be placed on a stand-by list, and that the Police Academy in itself will require three months of training, in the course of which, he expects some candidates to opt out of the job.