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May 6, 2021

Crime is Down for the First Quarter of 2021!

Chester Williams

The Belize Police Department says that crimes are down for the first three months of 2021.  Today, Commissioner of Police reported that major crimes for all categories are down when compared to the first quarter of 2020. Here’s how ComPol Chester Williams explains it.

 

Chester Williams, Commissioner of Police

“Every category of crime is down in every region. I think the only region that has an increase this year so far is the western region and most of those murders occurred in the Belmopan area. As you would know when the year began we had a number of murders surrounding Belmopan and so the western region is up in murders. But the reduction we saw in the eastern division, in the western region and northern region was greater than the increase we saw in Belmopan. So, we do have a significant decrease at this time in the overall murder count; likewise with robberies and home invasions are down as well. I think the only category of crime that is up is that of rape and by a slim number. The overall reduction in major crime is by twenty-eight percent compared to the same period last year. Murders are down compared to the same period last year by almost around thirty or more than thirty percent so we are doing well in those areas of crime.”

 

Andrea Polanco

“Commissioner, what do you attribute these “good results” to?”

 

Chester Williams

“Well, it has a lot to do with the police efforts. I have been, as the commissioner, a lot behind my commanders harping to them the importance to remain on the ground and supervise the officers. We cannot administrate from a desk giving instructions. I, myself, as the commissioner move around the country looking at what the different commanders are doing ensuring that our crime fighting strategy is being employed with a view to achieve the results that we so desire. So, we have seen that for the most part the commanders are doing what they are supposed to be doing and that trickles down to the lower ranks and we are getting the results that we so expect from them.”


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