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Sep 18, 2014

P.M. Barrow Meets With Police High Command to Address Crime Wave

Dean Barrow

The overnight violence in Belize City immediately prompted Prime Minister Dean Barrow to call a meeting with the brass of the Belize Police Department to address the ongoing reprisals that started with the murder of Cyril McFoy, the father of Brandon Tillett.  While additional boots will be placed on the ground in the streets of the Old Capital, the police department is also planning to step up its intelligence gathering efforts.  This is in an attempt to stem the ongoing wave of shootings that have occurred beginning on Wednesday at two o’clock.  To stem further violence, P.M. Barrow also announced that six of the major players, believed to be involved in the rash of shootings, are tonight in police custody.  While they cannot as yet be charged with the crime of murder, other charges will be brought against them in the days ahead.


Prime Minister Dean Barrow

“I have just met with the police high command I asked for the meeting as a consequence of what occurred yesterday subsequent to the murder of the father of Mr. Brandon Tillett.  You know that that led to a rash of shootings resulting in a number of fatalities and other persons sustaining gunshot injuries.  Naturally, I and the government of Belize, we are very concerned about the chain of events and I wanted to discuss with the high command two things: what was done immediately after the murder of Tillett’s father given that we clearly would have anticipated the retaliation, clearly that we would have known that it would be swift in coming.  I wanted to know what was done to try to contain the situation and I wanted to know what will be done going forward since we cannot assume that this cycle is at an end.  We had a discussion that was useful, of course, I am prepared as I always have been to provide whatever additional resources the police will need to carry this thing forward over the longer run and certainly whatever resources are needed now to deal with the immediate prospect that’s confronting us of the continuation of this cycle of violence, of retaliation.  I am satisfied that certain things have already happened that can offer us some small degree of comfort that is a number of the major players that were being sought as part of the effort at containment immediately after the trigger incident, no pun intended, who are not detained as quickly as I would have liked caught and incarcerated as quickly as we would have liked.  I am satisfied that because they are now in detention that certainly one step in the right direction.  I’m also satisfied that the additional efforts that are going to be put on by the various sub agencies of Eastern Division and the Belize Police Department ought as well to assist.”

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7 Responses for “P.M. Barrow Meets With Police High Command to Address Crime Wave”

  1. Rod says:

    This pm is a big joke after over 5000 murders he comes out now saying nothing but nonsense he gives nothing but excuses he is impotent on crime always has been if the hanging penalty is not brought back these killings will keep getting worse and if unu no kick this impotent pm and gov. Out of office a lot more of we belizeans will die wake up belizeans wake up march to this pm house and lock him up for incompetence impotence and corruption .

  2. venus says:

    The Prime Minister has come one step closer in calling these so call gang members who they really are. We in Belize are reluctant to use the word terrorist. If they are charged with causing public terror then we should call them what they really are TERROREST.

  3. justice says:

    You know who the players are right?
    So pick up everyone and make them disappear.
    We don’t care what you do to them.
    These less than human being are terrorists and deserve to
    to be remove from this earth. They’re less than
    animal and must not be allowed to live amongst
    civilized society. Belizeans, let your voices be heard.
    Demand that our government take drastic measures
    against these subhuman. BY WHATEVER MEANS

  4. CEO says:

    The country does not need speeches! They need better trained police and more of them, The police need to be equipped with the necessary personal protective equipment, and prosecution needs to to more sure for criminals so the incentive for crime will be taken away.

    Gangs in Belize is kind of oxymoron; it makes no sense we are all related either by blood or by marriage. Has anyone pointed this out to these numb sculls causing this mayhem and chaos? .

  5. Joe says:

    From the moment Mr mcfoy was shot police should have detained brandon tillett and the george street gangs. every belizean could have known what would happen eventualy. we didnt need a bagde for us to know that. this is what George street gang do u go for one 100 coming for u. Its really sad the police moved too slow and more lost thier lives family lost loved ones.; good people are taken from us while the bad walk the streets free

  6. Al Rich says:

    Wow the PM just crawled out from under a rock. I don’t think this man knows what to do with these hoodlums. He needs to treat them like terrorists, hunt the down and kill them.

  7. history minded says:

    Dismantle GSU – stop fighting fire with fire

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