Police report current crime statistics

It’s been a little over five months since Commissioner of Police Allen Whylie has taken over command of the Belize Police Department. Since then, Whylie along with his management team and policy group has tried to chart the way forward for the Police Department by shuffling things up and placing newly appointed persons in management position within the different sectors of the Police Department. Today in the City of Belmopan at the Police Training Academy Whylie gave an overview of the crimes statistics since assuming command in contrast to last year’s figures.

Allen Whylie – Commissioner of Police:
vlcsnap-2013-06-19-19h11m45s57Our statistics are out, with a showing that at the end of May we had 51 recorded cases of murders, compared with 60 at the same time in 2012.  In terms of rape, we had 12 reported up to the end of May, compared to 14 for the same period in 2012. In terms of robberies, we had 117 cases reported, compared to 216 for the same period in 2012. In terms of burglaries, we’ve recorded 403 cases of burglaries, compared to 470 cases.  In terms of theft, we have recorded 394 cases, compared to 393 cases for the same period [in 2012].

Reported cases of carnal knowledge saw a spike this year as 22 more cases have been recorded this year in comparison to last year 17 reported cases up until the month of May.

Allen Whylie – Commissioner of Police:
Where we have seen a spike is in the area of Carnal Knowledge, where we have recorded 39 cases for 2013, compared with 17 for the same period in 2012. Overall we’ve seen  1.016 cases of major crimes reported for 2013 at the end of May, compared to 1,170 cases for the same period in 2012.  That is a reduction of 154 reported cases.  In the same breath we’ve also seen increases in terms of Police apprehension and interdiction in many of these cases that have been reported.

The Commissioner also added that they have been getting more support from the public when it comes to tips and solving crimes and for that he’s thankful.

Allen Whylie – Commissioner of Police:
vlcsnap-2013-06-19-19h12m00s177We have been getting a lot of calls providing information to us.  I want to thank the public for that, and ask them to continue to support us in those endeavors. 
We’ve also created a number of youth [initiatives] across Eastern Division that are within the Precincts, that has seen tremendous support from the parents of those youths. So, in terms of Eastern Division, I think the OCD, Mr Segora and his team, and all the Officers there, should be commended for the hard work they have done.
Across the country, we created four regional commands, and part of the meeting here today is our Monthly Meeting with the Minister, the Police High Command, and those Regional Commanders, to review progress over the part months, in terms of tasking they have gotten.

This year’s statistics represents a reduction of 154 reported cases of major crimes. Whylie says that’s a step in the right direction however he warns that it’s not the achieved statistics of his department and they will be doing more to get the desired result their looking for.

Allen Whylie – Commissioner of Police:
We are seeing the graph change in a positive direction, where we want to go, but we are not yet there. With the continued hard work and the leadership, as well as the direction strategically, as well as the support from the Ministry and the Government, I am certain that we will be able to deliver the kind of service, and allow the citizenry to enjoy the kind of safety and security that they deserve. We are striving to ensure that they enjoy it. 
Part of the focus we did in terms of after I took over, you all know we introduced the Precinct Policing into Belize City, where we created four precincts, fully staffed by its complement of senior officers, as well as paroling officers, Crimes Investigation, Intelligence Officers.  I must say that since we’ve created the Precinct Policing about four months ago, we have been seeing tremendous successes in Belize City, not only in the terms of the crime fighting where we’ve had a number of successes in terms of persons involved in criminal activities actually being caught in the act, but we are also seeing great improvement in terms of the cooperation between the Police and the community. 

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