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Apr 20, 2020

A Gang Update from ComPol

Last Thursday evening one hundred and thirty-seven gang members were released from the Belize Central Prison. The men were sent to prison for one month following a series of killings and shootings over the span of forty-eight hours. As you’ll recall, police quickly declared a state of emergency which targeted eight crime-ridden and gang controlled neighbourhoods in Belize City.  Well, those men have been released and are back in their homes. But that release came with some conditions, the gang members reportedly agreed to surrender their weapons and sign an agreement with the CYDP that if released they will hold the peace. Upon their release, the police received an initial twenty-seven weapons. Today, Commissioner of Police Chester Williams told the press that they have received five more guns since then and that the peace is being maintained since the release of the gang members.

 

Chester Williams, Commissioner of Police

“I would hope that they keep it that way. If it is that they keep it that way then it is good for all us. We want to see us as a society co-existing and we cannot have people among us who display behaviors that are incompatible with ordinary human behaviors. All we ask of the gang members is that they display behavior that is consistent with regular people and if that happens then there will be no issues with us.”

 

Chester Williams

Reporter

“Number of guns that have been gotten from the gang members release from detention in prison, I saw it was like  27 or 25 you said and expected five more, can you provide an update on that?”

 

Chester Williams

“I know since then we have received two more. We should be getting the others this week and so we continue to work on that and see what else we can do to disarm the gang members of the firearms.”

 

Reporter

“Is it the expectation would have a gun or probably more?”

 

Chester Williams

“No. No. What we see is in the gang world is that not everyone has a gun. Some, when they want to go on mission, they go to borrow guns to do the mission and when they are finished they return the gun to who they borrow it from. So, to say that 137 released and twenty-seven guns nuh add up, I wouldn’t ascribe to that because not each of them has a gun, no.”

 

Reporter

“You wouldn’t expect that none would have a stash though; have you gotten like two or three from one person?”

 

Chester Williams

“Yes, we do. We got up to seven from one group.”


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