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May 5, 2016

ACP Williams Speaks on Murder Spike

ACP Chester Williams

According to our records, to date, there have been fifty-three murders since the start of the year; thirteen of those homicides were in Belize City and all but on one on the south side. April was the most murderous month with a total of fifteen followed close behind by January with thirteen murders. We’re only five days into the month of March and the same amount of murders has been recorded. Today, the media asked Assistant Commissioner of Police Chester Williams about the spike in murders in the city. He says that it was expected following the killing of Gerald “Shiny” Tillett three weeks ago.

 

ACP Chester Williams, Regional Commander, Eastern Division South

“From the death of Gerald Tillett we had anticipated that there would be a spike in violent type crimes in south side Belize City and you all know that the nature of south side Belize City is such that it is prone to violent crimes because of the fact that we are heavily gang infested. And we are dealing with a set of young people who seemingly have serious issues and to some extent; some of them have no regards to their own life. But we have been doing a lot and you would be able to say for yourself that we have been able to contain the level of violence since Gerald Tillett died. When you compare the current situation to what normally happened in the past, I still think that we are doing much better. But one life lost is one too much and we are doing our best. It is not time to give up, we need to double up on our efforts and we’ll be looking at our continued interventions to meet with people who need our assistance in terms of interventions and at the same time target those persons who are out there lurking, looking for people to shoot as the case may be. If you look at the statistics right now. When you compare where we are now to the same period last year, we are eight murders below where we were last year. When you look at the other categories of crime compared to where we were last year, the only area where we are above last year is in burglaries. So your comment that you are saying is an unfair one and I know that it is good media for you, but we must be true to ourselves and true to people. I am not going to pretend as if crime is not occurring and I’ve always said that no matter what we do, we cannot stop all crime. There are some people out there who are gang affiliated who it is inevitable that they will die; that’s the life that they want to live. No matter what we do, we are not going to prevent it, but what we can do from our efforts is to ensure that those persons who are not involved or caught up in this gang feud are injured as a result of it. And I believe that we have been doing our utmost best in ensuring that.”

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1 Response for “ACP Williams Speaks on Murder Spike”

  1. Hatari says:

    Come on folks . . we have been designated the “most dangerous country in the Caribbean”! GOB needs to deal with the problem and the PD needs to get off their fat asses, get professional, and do what we pay them to do.

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