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Jun 6, 2018

“The Alberts” Will Be Safe Zone

So, what are Police doing about the growing number of robberies on businesses in the downtown area? Deputy Commissioner of Police Chester Williams says that they will enact “Operation Safe Zone.” There will be increased police presence in the downtown area to discourage robberies and burglaries – but according to Williams, that is only a part of the answer to the growing crime in the downtown area. Williams tells us more about Operation Safe Zone:

 

Chester Williams

Chester Williams, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Operations)

“Most naturally, yes, Albert Street being one of the largest commercial streets in the country it is paramount that we provide security for the people who hold business here. I wouldn’t say that the Police had disappeared, but to a certain extent we had dwindled our numbers on Albert Street and focused on other areas but we intend to do now is to ensure that we increase the number greater than what it once was with a view to be able to enhance the police presence and to make us more operationally effective on Albert Street.”

 

Reporter

“Will the police numbers be a sustainable effort to try to police this area given the other duties the police have trying to keep Belize City as calm as possible?”

 

Chester Williams

“Well, most naturally, while we focus on Albert Street, we cannot take our eyes off our usual hotspots that we police on a daily basis. So, whatever the police efforts on Albert Street going to be, it is not going to affect our other operational obligations in other parts of the City. We have carefully devised a plan to be able to address Albert Street concerns without interfering with what we are doing in other areas of the city.”

 

Andrea Polanco

“Sir, do you believe the increased presence will deter the criminals?”

 

Chester Williams

“Most naturally, it will. I am not going into specifics of our operations but I will tell you that we have planned, I am ninety-nine point nine sure that it will work. We have been devising plans to address situations in Belize City and the plans have worked. The thing is that we just have to be careful how we do it. Like I said, while we focus here we cannot take our eyes off other areas and that is exactly what we will be doing.”

 

Andrea Polanco

“Sir, so, there will be other operations added to increased numbers here on Albert Street, you are saying?”

 

Chester Williams

“Yes. The operation for Albert Street will be called ‘Operation Safe Zone.’ And so what we are trying to create is a safe zone within the Albert Street area to ensure that persons who come to Albert Street and shop and those who own business places can do their transactions without the fear of crime while doing so.”

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