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Feb 3, 2016

Minister John Saldivar Talks About Murder Rate

John Saldivar

There have been fifteen murders since the start of the New Year. In January alone, there were thirteen; and since the start of the month, a double homicide in Orange Walk has increased the number of murder victims to fifteen. Police have embarked on initiatives of community policing in the City to bring down the murder rate. But the violence has now spread to the districts; so far the count is five in Belize District; one each in Corozal, Dangriga and Toledo districts; three in Orange Walk and four in the Cayo District. Minister Saldivar the murders are not gang related.


John Saldivar, Minister of National Security

“Well I think we’ve got to first of all look at nature of these murders. I believe that it is recognized now that we’ve done a tremendous job in the city at keeping down the gang related and the drug related crimes in the city. We’ve had great success. As you can see from these murders in January, most of them were out district, most of them were crimes of passion or crimes having to do with domestic disputes and a couple having to do with other matters, but basically personal disputes with people. And so that is very tough to police, but we are going to continue as good as we can to patrol, to continue to visit the various communities, the various neighborhoods and try to work in collaboration with the communities. As you know that has been the focus of our policing strategy over the last couple of years to get the community more involved. I cannot stop without saying that we’ve also had tremendous cooperation from the community; as you have seen, most of these crimes we already have people in custody who we believe are the perpetrators of these crimes. So the police department is doing a far better job now of apprehending persons when these crimes occur.”

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2 Responses for “Minister John Saldivar Talks About Murder Rate”

  1. Primary Thief, Ali BaBarrow says:

    Our murders are what we want, who we are!!

    British Honduras can beat Honduras, We can kill more, Jesus be with us.

  2. Hatari says:

    The PD might be apprehending the dumbest of the criminals but can they convict them? Past experience screams NO! What is the current conviction rate? 4, 5 maybe 6%!! Disgusting! Inept! Waste of tax dollars! And a Minister with no professional training or experience to direct our criminal justice system. Typical GOB politics.

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