Robberies on the walkways within the City of Belmopan are not unheard of. In fact, it is growing into a serious issue. Officer Commanding Belmopan Police Station Supt. Howell Gillette told us that he is aware of the growing concern and explains how he intends to deal with the issue.
“Just recently, because of the incidences that were reported along the sidewalk way, we have implemented a foot patrol. We had plain clothe officers along the sidewalks. As a matter of fact, tomorrow I will be meeting in the morning with the Mayor of Belmopan, Mr. Simeon Lopez, and we will be discussing some strategies in an effort to curb these incidents. On the agenda, we will be the cutting of the shrubs and trees on the walkways and better lighting on the walkways among other subject areas. We call upon those persons who use the walkways to please walk in groups. You stand a better chance if you walk in groups. Please do not expose your valuables, as has been the case in most of these incidents. I have asked my officers to be very robust when approaching these criminals and engaging them; I ask the public to bear with us while we try these incidents to a close”.
Another initiative being headed by Supt. Howell Gillett is the meet and greet program which is to start on Saturday June 7th.
Supt. Howell Gillette: “Yes, I have asked the public to work with us as it has been the case since I took over. We want them to know that on 7 June we will be doing a meet and greet; we will be coming knocking at your doors to introduce ourselves to tell you guys what the plans are for Belmopan and we want to help you how we can better police your area. Please don’t be scared when you see a lot of uniformed policemen on that Saturday. We will be coming as your friends”.