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Mar 17, 2016

Be Loving And Cease Killing: A BLACK March Against Crime & Violence

Hundreds of Belize City residents participated in a BLACK March this morning. The procession is the second of its kind and seeks to create awareness on the effects of crime and violence in the city. News Five’s Duane Moody joined in as the wave of black and white flooded the city streets and made its way to the B.T.L. Park on Newtown Barracks.


Duane Moody, Reporting

Students, men and women, even gang members joined officers attached to the police department as they marched through the streets of the city. This morning, all regions of the Eastern Division of the Belize Police Department came together to host the second annual Be Loving And Cease Killing march through the Old Capital.


Edward Broaster

ACP Edward Broaster, Regional Commander, Rural Eastern Division

“We can remind our Belizean citizens that it is all good for us to come together and live as one in peace and unity and stop the violence and cease the killing. And that’s what we are doing today. It is right in line with our objective of reduction of violence and crime across the country, but particularly in eastern division—whether it be north, rural or south—hence the reason that we have the three commanders and the three divisions coming together and participating in this BLACK march.”


The initiative first started as a move by the department to take back the city, which had been gripped by gun violence and gang warfare in the north and south divisions. One year later, the vision remains the same, but the commanders are taking a different approach; that of community policing. Since then, they’ve put in place several programs which, for them, have decreased the incidents of criminal activities in the respective zones.


Dezerie Phillips

ACP Dezerie Phillips, Regional Commander, Eastern Division North

“The message, we believe, was really accepted by the community and we were encouraged to do this. So we are looking to have our BLACK March as an annual event. Today is another example to show the combined effort and the willingness of the community to partner with the police to bring forth the kind of success we would want where we would see much more peace within our communities.”


ACP Edward Broaster

“The see something, say something, stop something empowers the members of the community. When they see something going wrong in the community, they will call the police and let us know. If they have suspicion of any suspect activity, call us and let us know. And it has been working very well. And this is what we want to encourage the community to do; when they see something, they say something and it may just stop a crime from occurring or violence from occurring.”


Chester Williams

ACP Chester Williams, Regional Commander, Eastern Division South

“We stand shoulder to shoulder with them to ensure that their respective communities remain safe and free of crime. We know that as a police department we cannot achieve it alone and that is the reason why we solicit the help of the broader community to be able to work with us. And this is done through our meet-and-greet initiatives, through our neighborhood watch groups, through recruiting young members of the community into our police cadet corps, through the family day that we normally do. These are some of the things that we do to bring the wider citizenry among us and Duane it is working. We have seen a significant reduction in crime—not only on south side, but across Belize district on a whole—and we want to see that trend continue.”


This is the first year that Southern Regional Commander, Assistant Commissioner of Police Chester Williams, is participating in the march and he spoke of the experience.


ACP Chester Williams

“We have representatives from…even the mayor himself came out; members of the Belize City Council, councilors included. We have representatives from some of the schools—both from the north, south and rural—and members of the committee themselves who also joined us in the march today. It’s for us to be able to show that unity, strengthen to the broader Belize District populace that you know what, as it relates to crime in our midst, we are not going to tolerate it.”


ACP Dezerie Phillips

“The records can speak for themselves; it is working and that’s why we are encouraged to do more. There are different initiatives every day and we sit and brainstorm and we think what different things can we do. But of course, we don’t do these things by ourselves. We do these things in consultation and corporation from the community. And that’s the reason why we are seeing success because there is the partnership from the community. And as you can see out here today, like you rightly said, we have the very young and we have the very old. So each and every person within the community is now realizing the critical role that the play in assisting us to police their community.”


Duane Moody for News Five.

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1 Response for “Be Loving And Cease Killing: A BLACK March Against Crime & Violence”

  1. Mike Green says:

    The Police are trying . . . now it is up to the people as to whether or not they REALLY want a crime-free society or do they want to continue living in a war zone. It is up to YOU!

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