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Jun 7, 2011

Wilfred Elrington says prevention is key to win regional crime battle

Wilfred “Sedi” Elrington

While the ideas coming from the general assembly emphasize the need for strengthened law enforcement entities, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Wilfred “Sedi” Elrington, says that might not be the best route for Belize. According to Elrington, the focus should be on preventing the youths from turning to crime, rather than reacting when the deed is done.

Wilfred “Sedi” Elrington, Minister of Foreign Affairs

“What is being suggested is strengthen the police, strengthen the military, more cooperation with Interpol and the international organizations that are dealing with it. I personally don’t know if I like that particular approach. I think the monies should really be spent in providing proper schools and strengthening cooperatives and credit unions and other financial institutions where people can go and get monies and start a business or pay for the education of their children. I think the funds have got to be spent on educating the individual.  I don’t like the idea that we are spending so much money on the prisons because the returns from that is minimal if at all whereas if we were to use the same money that we are spending to support the prison and we put that in our educational system; enhance it, supervise it properly and train the kids, prevent them from reaching the prison, prevent them from becoming delinquent and ensuring that they become productive citizens, I think we would be way ahead of the game. I don’t think you can ever succeed if you seek to impose corrective measures after the person has gone delinquent. I believe in the good old adage that prevention is better than cure and I think that we need to focus on that in Belize.”

We’ll have much more on the OAS on Open Your Eyes on Wednesday morning.

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9 Responses for “Wilfred Elrington says prevention is key to win regional crime battle”

  1. Elgin Martinez says:

    I want to agree with Mr Elrington however that’s wishful thinking. Corrective measures got to be used these criminals are already delinquent.What Mr Elrington is suggesting should have been done a decade ago.The present climate in Belize as it relates to crime calls for drastic measures.

  2. GEORGE ALAMILLA says:

    CRIME WILL ALWAYS BE THERE AS LONG AS CRIMINALS KNOW THEY CAN GET AWAY WITH IT.AUTOMATIC PUNISHMENT FOR CRIMES WILL ABAIT THIS WAVE.E.G.YOU COMMIT PREMEDITATED MURDER AND YOU HANG.NO LAWYER CAN GET YOU OUT,UNLESS EVIDENCE IS NOT THERE.USING A GUN IN THE COMMISSION OF A CRIME GETS YOU 25 YEARS TO LIFE.MAIMING WITH ANY WEAPON GETS YOU THE SAME.RAPE GETS 10 YEARS OR MORE AND IF UNDERAGE VICTIMS GETS YOU DOUBLE TIME.ALL PRISON TIME SHOULD BE WITH HARD LABOR.BUT YOU KNOW WHAT, THIS WILL NOT HAPPEN,BECAUSE THERE ARE ALREADY IN BELIZE FOREIGNERS AND LOCALS BLEEDING HEARTS THAT ARE MORE INTERESTED IN THE WELFARE OF THE CRIMINALS THAN THE VICTIMS.

  3. Disappointed says:

    I agree but I think the horse is out of the gate Mr. Minister the mentality of the mass is already geared towards crime, how do you change the mentality??? Obviously you have to let criminals know there will be consequences because right now and for a long time young people have been given the message that their is no punishment for crime. You can rob and get caught with the property and still go free to keep your victims property and live well from the proceeds. So I believe we have to do both. You must enforce the laws and inject funds into eduction but sitting back and talking, talking is certainly not proactive. God help Belize…..

  4. Chance says:

    Good points made Sedi but when are we going to start?

  5. Lucas says:

    “I BELIEVE IN THE GOOD OLD ADAGE THAT PREVENTION IS BETTER THAN CURE”. well said Mr. Elrington.. As a senior Minister, have you tried to instill this common sense approach to the hard head, ignorant and arogant colleages of yours? The squatters’ and transportation problems just to name two, looks likes you have not. If this simple approach would be made a policy of this GOB, the sanctity of our western border would not be constantly violated. I hope you read the interview in the Amandala of this Tuesday edition given by one of our retried military majors who practically accuses GOB of DERELICTION OF DUTY as far as protecting our western border is concerned. It breaks my heart to witness the willfull abandonement of my beloved Belize by this GOB and by an opposotion who instead of being our faithful watchman is more interested in getting back in power and associating with law-breaking agitators. I wish I were dead rather than witness this intentional neglect of my country by these bunch of morons.

  6. Roy Yates says:

    Personally, I give Mr. Elrington three AAA’s on his approach to this ever increasing problem. Poverty breeds crime, believe it or not. This is played out in many ways, from bad diet that causes imbalance in the body system that result in irrational behavour, low self esteem that make one suspect for negative influence to other sociological problems. When a person feels that he/she has nothing to live for, then society is not safe. Each of us must raise to the conciousness level that we feel a great deal of responsibility to each other. Jesus reminds us that one of the principles that bring true success, is that by giving we receive; but most of us need to first receive before we think that we should give. This quick fix of Policeing and prison, (incarceration) is closing the gate after the animal is already on the out side of pasture.

    Lact of oppertunities is a direct cause of human trafficking, people looking for greener pastures. If they were economically viable there would be no need to oxpose themselves to the dangers of been in the hands of huslers whom themselves are trying to survive.

  7. rod says:

    elrington is talking rubbish this country is in the situation it is in because of this pm and this useless gov. he himself is part of the problem when their is no leadership only chaos can occur this is why i now see belize as a failed state its a free for all now welcome to tombstone.

  8. Earl Grey says:

    WHEN YOU HAVE THE SICKNESS ALREADY…………..SPEAKING OF PREVENTION IS……… MUTE.

    WE NEED MORE EDUCATED LEADERS……….PLEASE.

  9. ivan cal says:

    what has dean barrow done to allievate crime and bring down the cost of living ‘NO MATTA WAT’ as he promised before elections? this country is in its worst unemployment crises ever and poverty has skyroketed at 46% of the population what has our PM done to help our country? NOTHING he is only enriching himself ,his EX wife-lois young barrow,all the barrow family and cronies and Belizeans continue to suffer.thats the reality.

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