The Minister of National Security, Honorable John Saldivar, today began a series of national consultations on citizen security and crime prevention with the Trade Unions of Belize. This morning, the Minister met with the Council of Management of the Belize National Teachers’ Union . Present for the meeting were the Chief Executive Officers in the Ministry of National Security, the Commissioner of Police, Deputy Commissioners and other senior police officials. The Council of Management team was headed by President of the BNTU, Senator Elena Smith; First Vice President, Luke Palacio, and several other senior officers of the BNTU Council of Management. After introductory remarks by CEO Lovell, the Minister welcomed and thanked the BNTU for its willingness to join the Ministry of National Security in its efforts to fight crime. The Commissioner of Police then gave an overview of recent efforts of the Police Department to address the crime situation and outlined the advances and programs now in place to curtail the situation. This was followed by a presentation by Senator Smith on suggestions and recommendations by the BNTU to address citizens’ security. The participants engaged in a general discussion and exchange of ideas. Both parties agreed that the consultation represents only the first step in the exchange of ideas and efforts between the two entities, and committed to continuing the dialogue to strive for greater citizen security.