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Aug 10, 2015

Eastern Division South Stages Another Ghost Town Intervention

Chester Williams

The Eastern Division South of the Belize District Police Department held another round of community policing intervention over the weekend. It started on Friday, when at around six o’clock residents from the Mayflower Street area, including Banak Street, Ebony Street and Lakeview Street, gathered at the Zoe Ministries Church on Vernon Street. There, Regional Commander Chester Williams, Dianne Finnegan and other officers attached to his precinct spoke with residents about concerns and policing efforts in the area, which little over a month ago was a hotspot in the city.  Just three weeks ago, a family sports day was held at the nearby Berger Field. Over two hundred residents participated in a basketball tournament between rivaling groups. This morning, Senior Superintendent Williams told News Five that the event was a continuation of the community policing work he and his department started to ensure that their policing efforts are more effective.

 

Sr. Supt. Chester Williams, Regional Commander, Eastern Division South

“We had personnel from the Mayflower Community who attended the meeting. We gave them an update on policing in the area and they gave us their feedback as well as recommendations that they believe we can do to make policing in their area more effective. The people of the Mayflower area are satisfied with the level of intervention that we have done in the area; they are also satisfied with the level of policing that we are doing in the area. Even though we are doing community policing work, the policing does not stop. We used to have five, six, seven police officers going into the community and doing policing work and after they leave, other police officers come in and do things that go contrary to what the community policing officers have just left saying to these people. So we are trying to have all police officers be community policing officers. So from the mere fact that the police officers are out there patrolling, they are patrolling with a community policing oriented mentality. And we believe that by doing that, the concept of community policing will resonate with all police officers and the community will be able to appreciate more the community work that we are trying to do. In terms of their complaints, they complain about job opportunity, which we cannot help them with. But what we are trying to do—myself, Miss Finnegan and Douglas Hyde—we are trying to liaise with other partners—the City Council, Mister Cisco Woods—and see how best we can try and get some sort of employment for them. We have an idea about getting a resource center in the area. That could probably assist the ladies with sewing, braiding and things like this that can help them to make an income for themselves.”

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1 Response for “Eastern Division South Stages Another Ghost Town Intervention”

  1. Tony Smith says:

    No rest until Ellis is way under

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