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Oct 20, 2017

No compromise with gangs, says Police Minister

Cordel Hyde and Wilfred Elrington went toe-to-toe on the issue of crime and how to stop it in its tracks on the adjournment in the House of Representatives. According to Hyde, the removal of Assistant Commissioner of Police Chester Williams to a desk job in Belmopan in July has seen a spike of murder and criminal activity under his successor Marco Vidal. He believes that the transfer was deliberately intended to upset the peace in the Old Capital. But according to Elrington it is not as simple as that. He reaffirmed that the drug trade was behind the battles between gangs and promised a complete crackdown, vowing that he would never give in the battle to restore Belize to its prior status of safety.


Cordel Hyde, Area Representative, Lake Independence

“Someone decided that they didn’t like how that was working; someone decided that the peace in Belize City wasn’t worth preserving; someone or some persons decided that they preferred to see grieving mothers and girlfriends on T.V. every other night, as opposed to rival gangs working together. Now I don’t have a problem with the great Mr. Vidal: I think he’s a highly trained cop, very competent, extremely cool under pressure. But his style of policing isn’t working in Belize City; it didn’t work in the years before when he was the head of .G.S.U., and it hasn’t worked of late.”


Wilfred Elrington, Area Representative, Pickstock

Wilfred Elrington

“Madam Speaker, when I was growing up in Belize there were no gangs; and I am trying to find out when did gangs become a feature of life in Belize – it must have been sometime in the 70s and 80s. and because I never had anything to do with gangs – it was never part of my reality – I cannot and will never come to grips with the idea that gangs are a normal part of our society, and that we must have truce with gangs, and we must be ‘pally-wally’ with gangs. That’s not my understanding at all. And if it is intended that I will continue that practice while I am Minister of Home Affairs, I will tell you, that is not going to happen under my watch. I prefer to go home first, than to come to grips with a state of affairs where you have the gangs determine what is going to happen – who will be the police in charge; who is going to give the press conferences and things like that. That’s not going to happen under my watch.”

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1 Response for “No compromise with gangs, says Police Minister”

  1. OriginalWoman says:

    Minister Elrington what do you mean by “… you have gangs determine what is going on…” Are you saying under Mr.Williams the gangs were in charge??? That is a lie! Minister Hyde is correct under Mr, Vidal things did not improve at all. At least we some meaningful communication between some gang members and Mr. Williams. Yes back when you was growing up there were no gangs, at least not like the ones we know of today. People could leave their homes with their doors unlocked and opened, without fear of someone entering or stealing their property. So is the story for many other Caribbean countries, but things have changed in all parts of the globe. Why would you put someone back in a position that they failed in and remove the person who is making a good difference and place them behind a desk??? Mr. Williams was hands on, going into dangerous communities, talking with its’ residents and having peace talks, etc with rival gang members. Mr. Vidal is not going to do this, he never has, meanwhile the murder rate will escalate under his and your watch!! Be prepared and take responsibility Mr. Elrington, your lack of proper judgment, will cause things to spiral downward. Just wait, watch and see!! We will all see!

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