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Sep 24, 2012

Dark clouds, but cops will get foreign advisor

Dean Barrow

Soon after the US black listed Belize, the Prime Minister spent some time addressing the most pressing concern of the country, and that is crime. His most poignant moment was his admittance that the successes of the anti-crime initiatives were temporary. That is one of the reasons why Belize will be getting professional help from the government of India.


Prime Minister Dean Barrow

“But it is not as though no cloud darkens our sun, not as though we are without problems. And the stubbornest, most protracted of these is the continuing instability caused by the crime and violence in our urban areas, especially Belize City. When we come to lament the seeming intractability of this citizen security issue, some may be forgiven for feeling discouraged. We have tried well-nigh everything. Yet far from permanently improving, the situation overall seems merely to get slightly better, then worse again. But if this challenge won’t go away any time soon, neither can our determination to confront it. And we have had some successes. Indeed, in international forums Belize’s program of social interventions and initiatives to try to stem gang violence, has received rave reviews. Now this might be cold comfort since the successes we have enjoyed have all turned out to be temporary. But virtue doesn’t have to be its own reward. Attracted by the quality of our efforts, one of the largest social violence reduction organizations in the world is coming to Belize to assist with funding and capacity building. Similarly, the Government of India has offered technical and operational assistance to our Ministry of National Security. Thus a well-credentialed, law and order expert from the sub continent should be in post soon as advisor to the Belize Police Department.”


The P.M. also noted that the Police department is adding specialized intelligence and operational units to battle crime while a Cabinet subcommittee has been appointed to work with Restore Belize on a new strategy.

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6 Responses for “Dark clouds, but cops will get foreign advisor”

  1. Storm says:

    I’ll gladly accept help for our security apparatus from any credible place, but in truth my first choice would be UK or US which are closer to us culturally and in many other ways. But if the Indians have good ideas and better techniques, by all means, we need them.

  2. WILD ROSE says:

    WHy are we seeking help once again to tell us what we already know. How many reports from consultants do we have sitting on the shleves gathering dust? We cannot fix the problem on the streets if we at first don’t fix the problem internally…..the Police officers continue to be the whipping horse, with no incentives, poor working conditions and no input in the way things are done how can we expect a productive Police Department?

  3. Eye in the Sky says:

    India is a corrupt country and they are going to help Belize. Try again stupids.

  4. Rod says:

    The problem isn’t the criminals judas don’t you get it yet. You are the problem you are an incompetent leader how can you even govern if you spend half the year on Miami beach even the greatest leader in the world cannot do a good job if he is on a permanent vacation why don’t you resign if you truly love this country you would resign this job is not for you because of your lack of leadership over 1’000 people have died needlessly how can you continue knowing that you are the cause of so many deaths resign their is no shame in it this job is just not for you resign before you claim the lives of hundreds more people.

  5. sugacity says:

    I am living in New York I love my country but when I read the news of all the hurrible crimes it makes me scared . I think if I go home I might be the next victim. My country need help Dean Barrow is not a good leader he is a puppet . I hope next election the people don”t vote for him again he need to resign

  6. mustard stand says:

    India,?? what a joke,, lol

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