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Mar 10, 2016

Belize City Has Record Murder Low

Unofficially, there have been twenty-eight murders in 2016 – fourteen in January, ten in February and four so far for March. That’s a record-setting trend when compared to 2014 and 2015. At the end of February 2014, there were fifteen murders, and at the end of February 2015, there were sixteen. At the end of February 2016 there were already twenty-four murders reported. That’s certainly not a good start to the year, and there’s been an interesting dynamic shift. Every year Belize City has reigned supreme in murder stats, certainly a dubious distinction. But in 2016 that has changed. In fact of twenty-eight murders so far, only three have been reported in Belize City. The south of the country has reported seven murders…in the Cayo District six; in San Pedro five and in Orange Walk four. There have been two in the Belize District and one in Corozal. So what’s been happening in Belize City…suddenly the most peaceful zone in the country?  

 

Dezerie Phillips

ACP Dezerie Phillips, Regional Commander, Eastern Division North

“Community policing has definitely played a great role in that. As long as you get your community involved…every aspect of the community has a critical role to play in the success of policing, and so we have been working completely hard over the past years, because long-term community policing is not something that you’ll see the effect of right away. So what we can safely say is that what we are seeing and experiencing and reaping successes now is not something that just came on board last week or last month or last two months. This is some time and work that has been put into working with the community and we are seeing the effect.”

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