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Jan 18, 2013

Special Committee selected to deal with escalating crime

Prime Minister touch on a number of hot button issues when we caught up with him at the Best Western Hotel earlier today. PM Barrow was there for a meeting of a special committee selected to deal specifically with the escalation of crime. There was representation from the Crime Control Council, the Police High Command, civil society and the Opposition. The meeting lasted well over four hours, and when the Prime Minister finally emerged, he said he was satisfied that a serious step in the right direction has been taken and the group is fully engaged in finding a real solution to what has been a crippling problem.

 

Prime Minister Dean Barrow

Dean Barrow

“We of course had a post mortem with respect to the murders and discovery of the four bodies. In the aftermath of that, we looked at the reforms that the police department are trying to institute. We discussed generally the way forward for RESTORE Belize do that we could concentrate not just on the enforcement, aspect of things, but on the social remedial aspect of things. And as you can imagine, each and every single topic provoked a great deal of back and forth, a great deal of discussion, a great deal of analysis—all of what I think was extremely constructive and extremely productive. There’s a great deal that is happening in terms of the restructuring of units and departments within the larger police force. For example, there is now a new forensics depart4mtn that will be headed not just by the technical analysis, but by an administrator, an ex-commissioner Henderson will take over that job. The movements of senior personnel within the department such as Mister Vidal’s going to head the Special Branch, how that will fit into the larger plan to make the department more effective. All those aspects were gone into. What the police put forward was examined minutely by the participants in the meeting. We talked about training and the police indicated what the opportunities are for sending people aboard to be trained. We also talked about the role of advisors. There is a number of external advisors that are being brought in to be attached to various units within the Police Department.  There are no quick fixes, but it was my sense that a consensus emerged which expressed itself in terms of people saying yeah this is the way to go.”

 

By our count there have been eight murders and four shootings since the year started, but no homicides since the brutal murders of four reputed George Street Gang affiliates last week. Still, tension on the streets is at what can arguably be called a high point.

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9 Responses for “Special Committee selected to deal with escalating crime”

  1. Storm says:

    It would be interesting to hear who are the “external advisors,” so we, the people paying for them, can assess their qualifications. I hope it is not more nepotism and party cronyism.

    I’m all for “external advisors,” if they come from places where they have a proven track record of law enforcement and prosecution success.

    I personally would have great confidence in giving ComPol Whylie a healthy budget for training and external advisors, and let him, with his experience and responsibility, select and hire them. I hope mere politicians are not doing the selecting and hiring!

  2. KOMP says:

    Sounds like the same old names moving around AGAIN. And you wonder why we can’t solve the issue. These people simply carry their baggage, impressions, pre-conceptions, experience (negative or positive), attitudes, history, connections, rivalry and foresight (or lack thereof) from one department to the other. We are desperately in need of new blood.

  3. Rod says:

    This man said about 100 words and ended up saying nothing if all a unu belizeans want to continue listening to this useless incompetent corrupt pm then unu deserve anything unu get period I am sick and tired of trying to make unu see the light and get rid of this useless pm.

  4. Ricky Malthus says:

    @Rod: Several socio-political dilettantes gave Rod a hard time because he failed to provide input on the attack on past PM Musa’s residence. But Rod is consistently consistent on the fact that Barrow is incompetent and must leave office and never run for political office again. Whether you agree with Rod or not, we ourselves must state the obvious, Barrow is Incompetent. Barrow is stumbling all over his words , and his actions are for the fools who follow him blindly.

  5. Bear says:

    I want Rod to be on this Special Committee!

    Komp is right, if you just recycle the tired old voices and opinions, you will get the same lack of results. We need new, outside eyes on the crime problems, preferably eyes with some actual history of success in crime-fighting. i know Mexico hired the former New York chief of police to help come up with a new crime-fighting plan.

    I’ve read a lot about Sheriff Joe Arpaio in Phoenix, Arizona — I wish we could get him here. He has no use for politicians or critics, but criminals are afraid to go to Phoenix.

  6. Southern says:

    Just the same people being shuffled around with different duties. Come on already….Nothing is getting done. We need action against these criminals!!!

  7. Eye in the Sky says:

    More jobs for some UDP cronies and more protetion for the GSG the PM brothers.

    Hey lets give the loser Shine a job also while we are at it.

  8. Genotu Rembiuos says:

    JUST THAT BZ TAX PAYERS HAVE MORE TO PAY, WITH ZERO POSITIVE SIDE EFFECT FOR THIS NATION !!!!

  9. Genotu Rembiuos says:

    I WONDER IF WHEN BARROW WILL GIVE HIS GANGS A POSITION IN THE CABINET ????????????????

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