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Dec 12, 2019

ComPol holds public meeting in San Jose Succotz

Commissioner Chester Williams met with residents of Succotz on Wednesday night at a public meeting to discuss safety and security in the village. As we reported, villagers were frustrated and angry that a number of homes have been targeted in the past week. They reported that the bandits have been taking advantage of the fact that the police sub-station is not properly manned. Well, at last night’s meeting they discussed all these issues with the ComPol and his team. Reporter Andrea Polanco tells us more about the outcome of the meeting in the following story.

 

Andrea Polanco, Reporting

Commissioner Chester Williams and other police officials met with the San Jose Succotz community on Wednesday night. The purpose of the meeting was to talk about the growing vehicle robberies and the presence of bandits, including Guatemalan thieves, roaming in the village.

 

Chester Williams, Commissioner of Police

Chester Williams

“What we did last night was to have a community meeting in Succotz where we heard from the villagers in terms of their recommendations and concerns, and also for us to tell them what we are doing on the grounds and what we intend to do to be able to restore that sense of safety that they are accustom to.”

 

Motorcycles, as well as a vehicle, have been stolen from residents in Succotz. They say that the thieves are coming and going as they please – often times conducting surveillance at different properties before they steal the vehicles. Some residents report that it may be because of opportunities – but they all agree that police presence is weak in this growing community of more than four thousand people. They told us that the police station is not always open – and there are few patrols – Commissioner Williams heard these complaints and responded with beefed up police presence for the people of Succotz.

 

Chester Williams

“One of the issues the people of Succotz were complaining about is that the police station here is not being manned or was undermanned. I fully agree. Succotz has expanded significantly and so we need to ensure that we step up our level of policing by increasing our numbers to meet the demands of the community and so I have directed Ms Hall that by tomorrow I want four police officers posted in Succotz instead of one. By the end of next week we will have a fifth officer. I have also said that when the recruits pass out in February of next year, I will give an additional four police officers which will be separate from those going to Benque. Again, we want to ensure that Succotz has a complement of officers of their own without having to rely too much on the patrols coming out of Benque which might take some time to get here.”

 

The meeting on Wednesday night has calmed many residents – but they remain on alert. The commissioner’s presence in the village comes after citizens had to arm themselves to chase out a stranger they believed was up to now good in the village. Commissioner Williams applauds the villagers actions – but he wants to restore security in a peaceful and lawful way – working along with the people of Succotz.

Chester Williams

“Yes, the people were concerned and they decided that they are going to do to what they can to protect their community. I wish that we had more communities like Succotz, where when people see criminality they decide to stand together and fight against criminality. And what we have to do now is to stand with them, to show that sense of support. I have also solicited to them that what we can do is to have some of them become volunteer special constables, where they can patrol alongside the police. Some can also join the cops program. So, there are different initiatives that we put out to them last night that we want to ensure that we build that relationship, that sense to working together to achieve that peace that they so rightly deserve. The people of Succotz, I find are very courageous and resilient people. I wish we had more people like them across the country.”

 

Commissioner Williams is hosting a similar public meeting in Benque Viejo tonight.

 

Andrea Polanco reporting for News Five.


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