Minster of Home Affairs well pleased with Compol

There were 142 murders in 2017 according to the police statistics. Last month, the first month of 2018, there were already 15 murders.  Reporters asked the Minister of  Home Affairs if there is any plan to remove the Commissioner of Police Allen Whylie, considering the violent crime spate.

Commissioner of Police Allen Whylie

I can tell you, as far as I am concerned, I have no second guessing about Mr. Whylie. I reiterate the position I make that police is team work. I have found Mr. Whylie to be quite intelligent  as I have said it seems to be a man of integrity have got no negatives of him ,I have heard no negatives of him. I know we have a serious social problem where you have people are killing and more than we would like to see that happen. I know that he and his team is trying their best to contain it.  I know also too that there are an increase in homicides all over the region and I expect it will get worst. The northern triangle… 

Journalist: Its down  in the Entire region… Honduras, Nicaragua, Guatemala…

if it is down it is only minimally down and the kind of resources that they are putting in there is humongous as opposed to us .

In fact, Minister Elrington says he expects crime to increase because people have things hard in Belize.

Commissioner of Police Allen Whylie

My biggest complaint is that you cannot have  people being trained for 6 months and are unable to deal with all the crimes. Remember now, we are getting all kinds of criminals back into the country. I think this week the Americans were dropping off seven .Seven deportees and I imagine that number is going to increase and then very recently you heard of the Mexicans who were stealing the ATM Card and Credit cards. So I expect that there is going to a an increase in criminal activity going down the road and it is imperative that we do all in our power to strengthen our security forces as well as the social conditions of our people. I think most of our problem is socioeconomic. People have things hard and that is not going to change unless and until we transform our education system and make the majority of our people as educated and as skilled and as productive as you and I are.

The minister then spoke a bit about what strategy is to be employed to curb crime.

Commissioner of Police Allen Whylie

It is, one, to strengthen the police force as quickly as possible by making sure that the people that are in there are competent, they are capable ,they are honest ,they are effective and they have the equipment they need to do the work. And then we will work as the Prime Minister has done this poor pro program. The poor pro program try to continue that program and enhance its so that we make sure that our kids go to school. We make sure that they have food to eat. We make sure that the single parents have employment so that they can help to look after their kids. We make sure that we enhance the offerings in the schools so that when the kids come out of the school they have the skills and ability to actually earn their key in a  honest way.

The anti – crime strategy, the minister reiterates, does not include the removal of the Commissioner of Police.

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