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Oct 4, 2017

The “Re-Purposing” of the G.S.U. Begins

Allen Whylie

The Gang Suppression Unit is apparently headed for a much narrower mandate within the Belize Police Department. This is after their run-in with Cameron Usher Senior and Kelvin Usher, which caused the teenager to flee into the bushes near Lucky Strike for four days, terrified by gunfire from a team approaching to destroy a marijuana plantation. In the aftermath of the Usher saga, Cameron Senior complained bitterly about the G.S.U.’s treatment of his family, as many have over the years.  The process announced by Prime Minister Dean Barrow of “re-purposing” the Unit for duties matching its name starts with a meeting today between Commissioner of Police Allen Whylie and G.S.U. Commander, Superintendent Andres Makin. The ComPol told us that whatever comes out of that meeting, the Unit will not be going anywhere as yet.

 

Allen Whylie, Commissioner of Police

“The G.S.U. Commander, I’ll be meeting with later today and we’ll have a discussion in terms of that unit. Obviously, as the name indicates, its primary focus should be the gangs. The gangs, the drugs and the drug trade are inter-related, so there are connections, but as I indicate I will be speaking with the officer, and we will see what we have to do in terms of ensuring that there is no doubt in terms of what their primary tasking and focus should be on.”

 

Reporter

“So there is no intention of doing away with that unit of the Department?”

 

Allen Whylie

“Not to my knowledge, at this time.”

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