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ComPol Williams Implores His Officers to Maintain a Healthy Lifestyle

Apr 12, 2023

ComPol Williams Implores His Officers to Maintain a Healthy Lifestyle

Kareem Musa

A.S.P. Yearwood’s death has also brought into focus the need for police officer to maintain good health while working long hours in often stressful environments. Today, Kareem Musa, the Minister of Home Affairs, and Chester Williams, the Commissioner of Police, weighed in on the issue.

Kareem Musa, Minister of Home Affairs

“When we took over office two and a half years ago that is something that stood out to us in the Belize Police Department and the other security forces as well. As you mentioned it is a very high stress job. So, we at the ministry have been doing our very best to encourage our officers in terms of better nutrition, in terms of utilizing the gym. We reactivated the over forty football team s that the officers could get their exercise in. Recently we signed an MOU with the Ministry of Health which is truly ground breaking because it covers over five hundred police officers form the Belize District in particular. WE obviously would want that to extend to the entire two thousand police officers in our ranks but that is a good start.”

Chester Williams

Chester Williams, Commissioner of Police

“We are seeing a trend where many of our young officers are dying to diabetes, hypertension and obesity. I also stressed to them in my message this morning to also if it is they are suffering from any of these illnesses that they take their medication as prescribed by the doctor. Many times we have these officers who are suffering from these chronic diseases and they don’t take their medication because they are feeling well and my thing to them is to not take anything for granted.  Take the medication because something can change in the matter of seconds and that medication is what you will need to save you. I also touched on the issue of healthy living, meaning they take half hour every morning to working out. Staying n physical condition is important.”

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