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Apr 5, 2017

G.S.U. Trimmed; New Task Force Will Go after Criminals

The Gang Suppression Unit, the elite strike team within the department, feared for its unrestrained approach to policing, is downsizing.  As we reported last week, there won’t be any recruits added to the ranks of the police force this year.  Instead, the department will be drawing from existing officers to create another specialized group which will be unleashed on criminal elements in the Old Capital in the weeks ahead.  While the unit will be employing a different approach to crime fighting, its line of attack will be focused on investigating gang operations.

 

Elodio Aragon Jr.

Elodio Aragon Jr., Minister of Police

“One of the things we are looking at is to have a taskforce for Belize City, which is not about kicking down doors.  It’s about a proper investigation team to deal with individuals that are creating havoc in our communities.  And when we look at the establishment of an anti-gang legislation, that is the holdup we have had right now because we have to look at that legislation thoroughly, we have to sit, it’s not only about the police, we have to get the judiciary involved, we have to get the legislators involved to ensure that what we present is something that will work.  It’s not only about putting it together.  So those are the delays we have had with that but we are working on those things. Right now, in terms of the task force, we want to strengthen the investigative part of things and that comes with the anti-gang legislation and that will come with other things we are working on right now.  Definitely the taskforce is not going to be, it’s going to be a small unit to look at the investigation side of things to ensure that when we send certain files to the court that they can be dealt with properly.”

 

Allen Whylie

Allen Whylie, ComPol

“The new commander he has already been spoken to.  He has been tasked to identify a number of persons that he would want to work with him.  Additionally, all those members will not be re-assigned to the GSU simply because as what the minister alluded to, we’re going to create a special taskforce.  So whilst we do not have additional recruits we are taking people from different areas to be part of that taskforce and so there’ll be cuts from the GSU, as well as other units.”

 

The GSU will also be seeing a fifth commander assuming leadership of the taskforce on July first.

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