Senior officers from the north met at the Corozal Police Station last Friday to prepare for leadership changes at the Corozal Police Formation. Superintendent Marcia Moody is moving on as the Officer in Charge, and is being replaced by Superintendent John Sanchez, a former Deputy Commander of the Anti-Drug Unit.
Moody took over the Formation in June 2018, but it was only temporary.
There have also been changes to the Deputy Officer in Charge post. Inspector Octaviano Victorin has been replaced by Inspector Dennis Lopez.
Of particular interest to residents is that Lopez is embroiled in major controversy as a cop. In 2010 he was criminally charged with Attempted Murder and Dangerous Harm for the shooting of Belize City resident Steven Buckley.
Buckley was travelling inside a pickup truck when Lopez reportedly fired at the window, hitting Buckley in the face. Buckley’s injuries left him incapacitated, and he has been unable to work since.
In 2010 Lopez was placed on interdiction pending the outcome of his criminal case. But the matter – nine years old and counting – continues to be shelved. A news report in the Amandala newspaper earlier this month, revealed that the reason the case has not come up before the Supreme Court is that, very remarkably, it has yet to be assigned to any judge.
Because the case has not been resolved before the Court, Buckley and his attorney have yet to file for civil action against the officer.
Lopez has been off duty but last month he was returned to active duty.
Now comes the news of his appointment to a senior post in the Corozal Police Formation. We understand that the appointment has unsettled a number of the lower ranking officers.
The decision to assign officers to new posts is solely that of the Commissioner of Police, Chester Williams.