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Apr 23, 2019

No Murders over the Easter Weekend; a Success for the Police Department

Chester Williams

The weekly police press brief had a change of venue today; it was hosted at the office of the Commissioner of Police in Belmopan. ComPol Chester Williams took the opportunity to speak about the success so far for April, which over the past years proved to be packed with criminal activity due to mass gatherings across the country.  Williams says that the department applied the three pillars of crime fighting, which has reduced major crimes and violence.


Chester Williams, Commissioner of Police

“We know that the cayes, Placencia, Hopkins; the areas along the water lines have been the most attractive parts of the country for persons during the Easter holidays. So what we did was beef our presence in those areas utilizing the specialized units with specific instructions in terms of what needs to be done and I must say that applying our crime-fighting strategy—the three pillars—was a part of our success. One was basically to ensure that we control the consumption of alcohol to some extent and to target persons who are known gang members who we believe may be different areas to perpetuate criminal acts and I must say that we were also tough on quality of life offences, particularly going after edged tools. Of recent we have seen that we have had a number of murders were edged tools or pointed tools have become the weapon of choice. So we were ensuring that we were also going after persons who are carrying edged tools and have no reason to be carrying them. That coupled with the assistance from the local police officers in these areas led to the success over the holiday. I will take the opportunity to commend and congratulate all the police officers across the country for the seemingly good job that they did over the Easter holiday. I cannot recall any year in recent memories where we have had an Easter holiday with no murders across the country so for us it is a huge success. And we want to see how we can continue build on what we have built over the holidays to carry on during this week and go into the agric weekend.”

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