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Jan 5, 2017

Crime – Whose Fault Is It, Really?

2016 ended off as one of the deadliest years in Belize’s history – with one hundred and thirty-seven murders. The transition into the New Year was a bloody one as well – with five murders in the first three days of 2017.  Most took to the airwaves or online to express their discontent with the level of crime in Belize. And this led to the pointing of fingers – many towards the Police Department and Government – as to why there is a lack of success in curbing the murder rate years ago that has steadily increased and now crossed over into the New Year with an unprecedented spike for a start of a year. So, on Wednesday in an interview with the Minister of Police – we posed the public’s sentiments to Elodio Aragon Junior.  Why is it that we are at this point and does he know what is responsible?

 

Elodio Aragon Jr.

Elodio Aragon Jr., Minister of Police

“Well, you know, people will always find excuses and play the blame game in terms of where we are and how we got here. I will tell you this; the crime situation is not a product of the Government or the Police. It is a product of our community and the society we live in…period; point blank. There are a lot of issues out there and we can sit here all day and talk about the neglect of parents in raising their kids; we could talk about the failures in school; we could talk about the issues on the streets etc…the socio economic problems. The fact is this; we have to do more as a community to take care of the kids as they are coming up. These kids as they are growing up none of them tell you that they want to be a gangster as they are growing up; that becomes a part of their life and the choice decisions that they make to a large extent. I do think that the police, the government, has to look at the plan to ensure that we provide the kinds of opportunities for our young people that they are positively engaged. We have to look at the Police Department that they are out there to engage and deal with those people who are out there bent on creating chaos or criminal activities. So, in no way can I say it is a problem just for the Police Department or the Government. I think this is a problem for our society as a whole. I don’t think it is an easy problem either or else we would have solved it a long time ago.”

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