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Oct 3, 2022

Police Department Holds First National ComStat Following COVID Pandemic

Crime statistics from various jurisdictions across the country are being compared by the Belize Police Department in an effort to strengthen law enforcement in areas of weakness.  This morning, Commissioner of Police Chester Williams led the first national Com Stat meeting held with commanders from various formations since the number of COVID-19 cases receded.  Together, they looked at the available data on the kinds of crimes being committed and what can be done to address these issues.

 

Chester Williams

Chester Williams, Commissioner of Police

“We are here now looking at our figures for the first three quarters and we are trying to see the areas that were not as good as we anticipated and some adjustments to be able to make it better going forward, during the rest of the year and at the same time, to look at the areas that we did well and see how we can do more of those things that made us succeed for the first three quarters.

 

Reporter

“Explain to me what you would say even though September ended up on a very bad note. I think there were ten murders eventually in September.  What would you say are those trouble areas?”

 

Chester Williams

“Well certainly, Belize City remains the epicenter of murders in the country and I am sure that you would agree that majority of the murders that took place in September came from leftfield.  Those were not the areas of, they did not occur in the areas of concern and are not the conventional types of murders that we are accustomed to seeing.  We look, for example, at the ones in the north, the one after carnival and the one at Chan Chen Village, then we can look at the ones down south, the one with the young lady found in the cemetery and the one with the guy who was escorting the woman home and then the ex came and inflicted machete wounds to him and killed him, and likewise the ones in the west, the one with the bar owner. Again, that’s from left field. So it’s not like the type of murders that we would be normally accustomed to. And I can tell you that we have been doing a lot to stem the gang violence because those were the ones that were plaguing us since the year began.”


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