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Nov 5, 2012

Crime Ridden Areas will come into effect after being gazette

George Lovell

Escarpeta was killed on George Street—considered a very hot spot of the City. Most observers would have expected George Street to fall into the Crime Ridden Area designation that the Ministry of National Security said came into effect on Thursday of last week. Well, we can confirm that the designation of crime ridden areas must be gazetted and that has not been done as yet. The C.E.O. for the Ministry of National Security, George Lovell, told the media this morning that once implemented, the designation allows for the operation to take place within a thirty day period.


Ret. Col. George Lovell, C.E.O., Ministry of National Security

“There is a procedure that we need to follow. Under Crimes Control Act, we first of all have to get consent from Crime Control Council. Once that consent is given, then we have to have those areas identified and gazette; that will be done today. The police department does have the authority to go into certain areas and do certain searches based on the laws that governs the police department and that is what they are currently using. When we have crime control areas identified as crime ridden areas, you’ll find out that we have up to thirty days in which for us to be able to enforce the requirement of that act. So what we are doing now is basically under the powers that are vested in the police department.”


Jose Sanchez

“The crime ridden areas will only be for thirty days? Is that what you are saying?”


Ret. Col. George Lovell

“Well if we want to extend beyond that, we have to go to the House of Representative for it to be extended beyond the thirty-day period. That does not say that you can’t have it for twenty days; there is a break for a period of time, and then we go back to the same process of having it declared again through the crime control council and through gazette for it to be extended for another period or for a second time to be done for that same period where it was done before.”



“So since it’s going to be gazette today, when exactly does it come into effect? Today?”


Ret. Col. George Lovell

“Well it comes into effect immediately after it is gazetted because the gazette is what makes it official.”


Jules Vasquez, 7News

“How many areas are you all designated in the first instance?”


Ret. Col. George Lovell

“As many as we can handle. I wouldn’t want to say oh we are going to do two and then later on we find that there is a need for us to do more areas because we will do as many as is needed for us to fight this. I do know that we were in the PIV area; we were in the area known as back-a-town which is that area behind Berger Field; we were there yesterday. And there are other areas that we will be in today. I don’t want to say what those areas are because I am not certain if they are in there yet.”

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4 Responses for “Crime Ridden Areas will come into effect after being gazette”

  1. Young Gial says:

    Mr. Lovell, no pay mind to the media. You noh need fu tell them where the police will search, that will defeat the purpose. The media should be helping the police keep their anymousity and their house search private. Unless your motive is to aler the criminal so that the police doesn’t find anything and the media gets idiots to go complain on your news….just saying cuz that seems to be the trend.

    GO GSU, GO ADU, GO SPU, GO Belize Police….God Bless.

  2. Gazette Gazette Gazette says:

    Gazette Gazette Gazette Gazette!! Lets get on with it..!!

  3. Genotu Rembiuos says:

    Crime Ridden Area is in the entire country, so what will be done about that?
    MOST criminals are associates of the law, I mean HIGH OFFICERS!
    So , I truly know that all that is said is just air and talks, nothing will be done to stop crime!!!
    British, please come back, stop the corruption in Belize.

  4. Storm says:

    I wish they had hit the ground running last week, instead of having this little false start.

    Bring it on BDF and GSU, and bury the gangsters.

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