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Jul 7, 2016

A First-of-its-kind Community Meeting is Held Online

Community Policing meets Social Media in the Rural Eastern Division…it’s a brand new concept which seems to have taken off in grand style. Faced with having to deal with a jurisdiction with thirty-two communities spread over many miles, the cops from the RED turned to Whatsapp for help and held the first of its kind social media community meeting. So how well did it work out? Well let’s just say that we were tapped into it and had to mute our notifications after comments and input from residents started pouring in.

 

ACP Edward Broaster, Regional Commander, Rural Eastern Division

“Yesterday for the first time the Rural Eastern Division had a Whatsapp meeting with members of the Western Pines, Mile 8 and western Paradise communities via Whatsapp. We held it from 7:00pm to 9:00pm last night and I must say it was very successful in terms of hearing from the members of the communities and for them to hear from us. The initiative that we are putting place in terms of bar codes that we will be putting in strategic locations so when our Police Officers go and patrol in those areas they must scan those bar codes which automatically send the geo-location to our command post and we know that our officers are in the area patrolling. This will no doubt prevent many of the burglaries that have been occurring. The community is talking about getting together with the Police so that we can get to know each other so that we can get to know each other and have that communal relationship and improve the Police and community relationship as well.”

 

Edward Broaster

Reporter

“Can you speak to us about some of the concerns expressed?”

 

ACP Edward Broaster

“The primary concerns of the residents are what Aaron alluded to, that there are elements from Belize City who have been visiting their community and staying for a couple days and also the issue of burglary. Most of the people in the area work and their homes are unattended, hence the reason we are putting in that strategy with the bar code and are identifying some of the houses that harbor these gang elements. We have been discussing with them to discourage them from having these individuals in the area and it has been working so far.”

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