Meet the new Officer in Charge of the San Pedro Police Department, Superintendent Luis Castellanos who officially took over the San Pedro Police Department on Monday, January 14, 2013. In just a short amount of time on the island he already has a positive mind, attitude and determination that he will bring good positive changes to our community and police department.
Originally from Orange Walk, Superintendent Luis Castellanos brings along with him 28 years of experience under his belt. He has served in the traffic department, internal affairs, tourism policing and prosecution branch, to name a few. Ambergris Today had the pleasure of meeting with Superintendent Castellanos who was more than happy to share with us his views and plans for the San Pedro Police Station and the island of Ambergris Caye.
During our chat with Superintendent Castellanos we learned that he is a man of discipline and hopes to work along with his officers for a better San Pedro and to tackle crime to their best of their abilities. He is also very smart, approachable and friendly; great attributes that make him an excellent candidate for a leadership position at the police department. “I intend to gain the trust of the people of this community and together work for a safer San Pedro,” commented Supt. Castellanos.
“In the short amount of time being here I want to bring change to both the police station and to the island. I plan on working to better the living conditions of my officers so that they can give their best to the community,” he continued. “First and foremost we need to better the living conditions of the police officers. The present barracks where they are living is in dire need of fixture. By the time I leave here I hope to have a new living quarters for our officers, either to the back of the station where it currently is or above our headquarters.”
Supt. Castellanos mentioned that he was appalled to see that island has no morgue and plans to lobby for the island to get one either at the police or for the poly clinic by the end of his term. In regards to tackling the crime situation, he stated that he noticed that one of the major problems here on the island is burglary and he hopes to work strategically with his team of officers to lower this immediately.
“Being a tourist destination and having such a large population, I believe that having 34 officers on the island is not enough to for its security. I will lobby to have more officers out here and I can assure you that we will do our very best to keep this island safe,” stated Supt. Castellanos.
On behalf of the community of San Pedro, Ambergris Today takes this opportunity to welcome Superintendent Luis Castellanos to our Isla Bonita.