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Superintendent Miguel Guzman has been at the forefront of the fight against crime as OC of the Corozal Police Department for the past two years and half. But sometime this week there will be a new Sheriff in town, as the seasoned law enforcement officer is being transferred to Belmopan.

Guzmans transfer was due to take effect in August, but it was delayed. Today however, despite the fact that he is leaving after serving the people of Corozal for the past two and a half years, he says the department will be left in good hands.

guzmanMiguel Guzman- OC Corozal Police Formation

“To the new commander he is here to take over and I say welcome to Corozal. I think he will do an excellent job; he is a young officer very energetic and innovative and I believe that he will apply himself for the betterment of Corozal. The time has come now for me to leave it is something that we have been preparing for so I will be handing over between today and tomorrow and leave sometime during the week.”

Taking over Guzmans position will be Superintendent Gualberto Garcia. Garcia has been serving as a police officer for the past 13 years. He worked previously in Corozal for six years and has also worked at the Orange Walk Police Department as second in command. Today as he returns to Corozal and Guzman moves away they both sent out a message to Corozalenos.

Gualberto Garcia- Newly Appointed O/C Corozal Police Formation

“I think that as a police officer my main objective for Corozal is to maintain Corozal as a peaceful community as it is. To me if the people feel safe that when they call the police the police will respond for whatever need they have. I think that is the main thing that the community wants. I know that Corozal community has always worked very well with the police and I just hope that we can maintain this relationship because the police are here to serve the public and working with the community is our main objective because we cannot do it on our own.”

Miguel Guzman- Officer Commanding Corozal Police Formation

“First of all I want to extend my appreciation to Corozal residents for their outstanding support. I would urge them to continue that support to the new commander everybody has a different style of policing so probably his style is different but at the end of the day we fight towards the same objective and that is to reduce crime and to have a safer Corozal. So to the People’s Coalition and the Neighbourhood Watch Committees I want to urge them to keep working together to have a safer Corozal. Police cannot do it alone we need the support of the community and most of all I want the community to call us when something might come to their attention.”

Superintendent Garcia is expected to take over sometime this week. We take this opportunity to thank Superintendent Miguel Guzman for his consistent cooperation with our news-room and wish him all the best in his future endeavors.

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