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Jun 19, 2017

Celebrating the Police Department

The men and women of law enforcement across the country, those attached to the Belize Police Department, are celebrating Police Week 2017. Since launching a calendar of events on Sunday morning, officers have been involved in a number of activities, including cleanup campaigns and community outreach. Later this week, outstanding officers will also be recognized for various professional achievements. Earlier today, Commissioner of Police Allen Whylie released a statement to the media in acknowledgment of Police Week.

 

Allen Whylie, Commissioner of Police

Allen Whylie

“Under my administration, the department has moved from being a reactive department to being a more proactive, people-friendly, service oriented department, embracing the philosophy of community policing which is now the cornerstone of our organization.  It is clear therefore, that the police cannot be successful in achieving their mission without the support and involvement of the people they serve.  Crime is not solely a police problem and it should not be considered as such, rather crime must be responded to as a community problem, a societal problem.  Thus, it is important for the police department to involve the community in its operations.  This sharing of responsibility involves providing a mechanism for the community to collaborate with the police, both in the identification of community problems and determining the most appropriate strategies for resolving them.  It is counterproductive for the police to isolate themselves from the community and not allow citizens the opportunity to work with us.  Over the past years, community participation has assisted our police department countrywide in coming to terms with the difficult task of maintaining law and order in a complex and changing society.  There is no doubt that the issue of crime, the fear of and the perception of crime remains the greatest challenge to the Belize Police Department and the nation.”

 

Police Week concludes on Saturday with a massive parade scheduled to take place in Belize City.

 

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