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Jul 18, 2016

BPD Will Also Crack Down on Quality of Life Crimes

John Saldivar

With the appointment of an action task force, enhanced community policing and the GSU, the Ministry of National Security is pulling out all the stops. There’s one new move which we can predict won’t be very popular, though, because it never is. Saldivar says that the Department is going to bring new focus on bear on quality of life crimes.

 

John Saldivar, Minister of National Security

“We must revisit the enforcement of quality of life crimes, especially loitering and public drinking, where we must admit there has been some slippage. While enforcement of these misdemeanors may seem trivial and not worth the time, please understand that in overlooking them we provide the opportunities for criminals to target each other in these public settings, thereby exposing the wider public to danger and terror. Our officers will step up their stop and searches of vehicles, motorcycles as well as known gang members who travel by foot. The additional officers deployed to Belize City will assist in this. Here again is a response which may be considered as cliché. However it is a very useful tool to make it difficult for criminals to move around with their weapons and drugs.”

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