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Mar 26, 2014

National Security C.E.O. says more police officers to be placed on city streets

During the Budget Debate on Monday, Minister of National Security John Saldivar reported that B.D.F. personnel on Belize City streets will soon be pulled out. It’s a move that has become possible because violent crime has decreased significantly in the past year. Still, it is a cause for concern because city streets are volatile, and the presence of the B.D.F. was a source of comfort for many. But there’s no need to panic just yet. National Security C.E.O. George Lovell told News Five today that they are looking to increase human resources in the Police Department to maintain numbers on city streets. And until that happens, the B.D.F. is not going anywhere.

 

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

George Lovell

“What I was told by the Commissioner when we first talked about removing the B.D.F. off the street. He said to me he is not much concerned about the B.D.F. as soldiers being in the street with their big weapons, he is more concerned about the numbers because it is numbers that counts. So having said that I said to him what is the magic number that you need in terms of having the ideal strength that can be effective to carry out the functions on the street. He gave that number to me and I went to the National Security Council, the Prime Minster has generously agreed for me to raise the strength size, the established strength of the Police Department to the strength that is needed for them to by themselves clear up the functions in the street. We were told by the Commissioner last year, he would have been able to effectively man and carry out his functions in Belize City by January of this year. Unfortunately with the attrition rate that he had within his own police department, even though we have given him two additional intakes of Police Officers, the numbers went back down. So we still had to ask the B.D.F. to continue to hold the forth until such times that he can get those ideal numbers. What I often say to the press and to the public, that we will do whatever to takes so we continue to maintain the level of safety and security within our streets and if it means that we need to keep the B.D.F. on the streets a little bit longer until police has the where it all to tear up the functions then we will do just that. I don’t see us as having a definite time to say we will move come hell or high water at a particular date because that will be very irresponsible of me and my ministry to be doing that and so we will keep the B.D.F. out there as long as it is necessary.”

 

Lovell says that the impetus for the decision to pull out B.D.F. personnel is the awareness that the military has its own obligations to fulfill, particularly on our border.

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2 Responses for “National Security C.E.O. says more police officers to be placed on city streets”

  1. Rod says:

    What safety is this fool talking about last year their was still 100 murders how in the world can they talk like people are safe in this country it boggles my mind how they can be proud of this kind safety.

  2. Lowjack says:

    My friend, instead complaint you should analyzed what’s
    the problem, the lack of jobs and the laziness of many
    lead them to committee all those foolish action and that
    many like smoke weed and use all kind of drugs, with the
    BDF the criminality slow down a little, but they can’t do magic
    is work of all of us to diminished the crimes ok no just us or
    POLICE OR BDF, always is going to be crime but we can’t reduce
    the possibility of any tragedy

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