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Jun 7, 2022

Multi-sectoral Approach to Crime Fighting is Yielding Results, Says ComPol

Last weekend was a relatively quiet weekend when it comes to major crimes. There were no murders to report on, so much so that Director of Communication for the Belize Police Department, Fitzroy Yearwood, was not needed at Monday’s press conference to brief the media. We asked the Commissioner of Police what are the mitigating factors being attributed to the recent decrease in major crime reports across Belize City. This is what he had to say.

 

Chester Williams

Chester Williams, Commissioner of Police

“Certainly there is a lot being done by the police have been doing by the police. As you know, we have the multi-sectoral approach to fighting crime where we now have the input from different organizations, particularly on Southside Belize City. We also have the ongoing basketball tournament with different groups in Belize City and the Belize District by extension. And, we believe that the efforts of everybody on the grounds, including the police officers who police in the different areas, are bearing fruits. We are not going to celebrate as yet; there is still a lot of work to be done. There is still many ongoing tensions with different groups in the city that we try to deal with. But what we try to do as best as we can is to utilize the LIU in conducting interventions. As we hear of some issues between two different parties or a group then we would normally send LIU to bring them to the table, see what the issues are, and try to resolve it. That along with the basketball tournament which serves as an intervention through sports is helping. We have the efforts being done by the Department of Youth Services, and even the Ministry of Education in terms of looking providing educational opportunities for those youths in Southside Belize City is helping. In the near future we are looking at taking some of these guys to Punta Gorda Town for a retreat. And then we are going to be signing the MOU between the police and the private citizen in respect to twenty five acres of land by the Rhaburns Ridge area that will be used for farming by these young men again. So there is a lot we are doing with these youths to bring them to the table and try to defuse their issues in  a way that is not going to bring violence, as opposed to them taking a gun and try to resolve issues which only makes it worst.”

 


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