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Apr 5, 2016

Curfew Working After 2 Weeks, Says ACP Chester Williams

Chester Williams

The curfew in Belize City has been in effect for more than two weeks now. The concept is that any youth under eighteen years of age, not accompanied by an adult, who is found on the streets of the city after nine at night, will be detained. So far the initiative first broached by Eastern Division South Commander Chester Williams has met with mixed reviews from stakeholders, pertinent organizations like the Human Development Ministry and observers – some very much for, some very much against, and some in the middle. But reactions to concept aside, how’s the initiative been working on the ground? Today, Assistant Commissioner of Police Williams explained that, quite simply, it’s been working.

 

ACP Chester Williams, Regional Commander, Eastern Division South

“Since we commenced we have picked up about eight or nine children off the streets and we dealt with them with their parents and social workers. When it comes to females we take them straight home and then the parents are asked to bring them back in the morning time and we deal with them with the Social Department. In most cases the parents say they can’t control them. Those are the main concerns that the parents are having with these children.”

 

Reporter

“So what has been the outcome when the Police have found children to be out beyond the curfew hours?”

 

ACP Chester Williams

“What we do in the first instance, so as not to apply the law in the strict sense, which as you know allows the Police to arrest and charge the parent and take the parent to count, but so as not to do that…what we are doing in the first instance is give the parents a written warning explaining the law to them and exactly where their child was found. In that warning letter it states to them clearly that if the child is found again on the streets unsupervised, what the consequences will be.”

 

Reporter

“What has been the reaction of the youths themselves?”

 

ACP Chester Williams

“We are seeing now that we are not having that large number of children on the streets again. I can tell you that for many nights we are out there and do not encounter any. I would hope that the parents continue this to ensure that they keep their children at home. I will say that if parents abide by the rules of the curfew there will be no need for us to pick up any child during the course of the night.”

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1 Response for “Curfew Working After 2 Weeks, Says ACP Chester Williams”

  1. steven says:

    Great Job Mr Williams…we need more dedicated officers like you. This current generation of moms and dads love to have children but do not take care of them. These parents still think they are still teens and wanna go clubbing…wanna party.. wanna behave as if they are single with ZERO responsibilities. Sad, Very Sad and the children that they have, well they get whatever they want, they have zero respect for anyone. This is only the start cause once these children become teens, they run away from home once mom and dad cannot please them anymore…

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