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Jan 6, 2016

ComPol Whylie on Community Policing and Use of Necessary Force

Allen Whylie

Much attention has been given to the efficacy of community policing – not only today when statistics were released, but through the second half of 2015. Traditionally when crime has spiralled out of control the department has favoured a paramilitary approach, like the GSU for example. But that is a different approach to community policing. ComPol Whylie told News Five today that while he favours the latter, he believes that there is a place for both in effective policing. 

 

Allen Whylie, Commissioner of Police

“When I became Commissioner I emphasized that my approach would be community oriented policing. We’ve been having a number of training sessions across the country with officers. The intent is to have every officer see himself as a community-oriented Police Officer. That does not stop that officer from being the tough cop and arresting persons, but you do not always have to be that way. Mr. Williams as well as the other commanders in Belize City are showing that there’s nothing wrong with being tough, but there’s nothing wrong either with communicating to people and showing empathy to people and understanding and trying to solve problems. We won’t arrest ourselves out of the situation, but we will arrest when there is the need. But there’s nothing wrong with communication. People want to hear from Police and we want to hear from the people because we Police with their consent. There’s nothing wrong with the paramilitary approach either because there’s good and there’s bad people, and there will always be the need for the paramilitary approach with some people.”

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