PM praises Police efforts in Crime reduction

Last night, we brought you highlights of the Prime Minister’s quarterly press conference held yesterday and tonight we continue our coverage of pressing issues addressed by the PM. On the issue of national security, the country can report a downward trend in murders committed on the streets. Last April there were 21 murders, 14 in Belize City. This month, there was only one, says the Prime Minister. He tells us why.

Prime Minister Dean Barrow:
vlcsnap-2013-04-29-22h29m31s193A bad first three months of the year, but apart from this horrific incident that took place where this mother drowned three of her children at the Belizean Beach over the weekend, I’m happy to say that in Belize City there has been only one shooting murder, one gang-related street urban-violence murder for the entire month of April.
I think it has a lot to do with the fact that people are working.  The Mayor’s concreting of these streets, all the contractors that have been hired in turn hire people.  The Ministry of Poverty Alleviation has taken on 187 persons, giving then three-day rotations, since about February or so.  We are unlocking the rest of the funding from the Southside Poverty Alleviation Program Phase Two.

The Prime Minister was speaking mere hours before the murder of Dennis Rajiv Gonguez late on Monday in Belize City, but even with that murder things have been quiet in the Old Capital. For this the P.M. commends the Police.

Prime Minister Dean Barrow:
The Minister and the Police Department must be commended.  I think that the Precinct Policing that has been put in effect under new Commissioner Whiley in Belize City has also played a role. So I want to give kudos to the department and to Minister Saldivar.

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