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Feb 6, 2018

Deconstructing the Crime Problem

Patrick Rogers

As many a weary Belize City resident can tell you, we have learned to appreciate the silences between the outbursts of gun and other violence we report nightly on the daily news. The trick has become managing those periods of calm through mediation efforts like those led by Dianne Finnegan, Nuri Muhammad and ACP Chester Williams. But the Belize Progressive Party believes it does not have to be this way. During this morning’s municipal campaign launch, political leader Patrick Rogers fulminated at length on addressing what he calls the number one issue for the Old Capital, calling for a decentralized police system and seriously addressing the root causes of this continuing disaster.

 

Patrick Rogers, Political Leader, B.P.P.

“For Belize City crime has become our number one problem, brothers and sisters – crime, which is committed with the pen and with the gun. So we are talking about addressing the corruption with the pen at the municipal level, through hundred percent transparency and accountability, with zero tolerance for corruption – but we also intend to address the crime with the gun, which the cause of that is the lack of a safety net, rather than the fact that the young man just wants to squeeze a trigger. So we start putting safety nets in place, and ensure that our police learn the value of protecting and serving like it should be in an independent nation, instead of continuing a British policing system that is about maintaining the status quo, which means to keep Her Majesty’s system in place and protecting the privileged class. That is what is policing is all about coming down from the national level. So you see B.N.E. with police security; you see Bowen [and Bowen] with police security; you see the Chinese with police security; there’s private security, but yet our police constables are doing private security work for the rich people in this country.  That has to change.”

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