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Jul 4, 2016

Would Social Scientists Work with Police Department to Tackle Gang Violence?

Chester Williams

According to ACP Williams, despite a fundamental difference in philosophy, he is still open to working with the team of social scientists.

 

ACP Chester Williams, O.C., Eastern Division South

“We must be real.  Do not say things out there just because you want to sell a book.”

 

Isani Cayetano

“I think it was in reference to a period or a point in time prior to your return from your studies.”

 

ACP Chester Williams

“I don’t know about that, but they refer it to us.  They didn’t say before.  They were referring to the interventions that we do and I took serious offense to it because what they are trying to tell the Belizean people is not what is taking place.  And as people who call themselves professionals that is very, very unprofessional of them.”

 

Reporter

“So will you still be working separately and apart from them or will you now make an effort to approach them and try to…”

 

ACP Chester Williams

“I will not make an effort to approach them.  If they want to work with us I welcome them.  They have gone out there and criticized us in the worst way and make us look like we are some bunch of idiots, but if they want to join us we will still welcome them. You mean to tell me that they see these young people going down that slippery slope and they just sat there and allowed them to go down that slippery slope because they were writing a book and they want the book to be juicy?  Come on, let’s be real.  Now they want to criticize people who are trying to make a difference in the lives of these young people.  Come on.”

 

Isani Cayetano

“One final question from me with regards to this issue.  Wouldn’t this be a case of mixing the ham and the hammer in the sense that the researcher may not necessarily be the interventionist but the researcher can provide the interventionist with the necessary information to carry through with their work?”

 

ACP Chester Williams

“I totally agree with you and that is what I expected that they would have done.  Like I said earlier, they could have said, we have done the research, this is our finding and then we could have sat together and seen what can we do now to attack the issue that the research has shown.  But they didn’t do that.  They took the liberty to lambaste us.”

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