Belize: The government is spearheading its efforts to curb crime in Belize. The Minister of Home Affairs and New Growth Industries – Kareem Musa, on Tuesday, while addressing the House of Representatives, highlighted the government’s plan to eliminate crime and violence from the island country.
Minister noted, “The first plan is to turn up the heat on gang members with the support of the Police at the Prosecution Branch. A new program targets them specifically with commitment warrants to get them off the streets now, and recruiting senior investigators to follow up cases involving these individuals.”
Following the statement, he added that the government’s motive is to make look criminal lifeless attractive while increasing efforts so that more and more gang members give up their gangs and live everyday life.
“We have every intention to work with those who want to change their lives around, but we also have every’ intention of targeting’, disabling & removing those who wish to terrorize and kill,” the Minister highlighted.
He noted that now it will subsidize 100 more CCTV cameras & 6 more mobile units in order to increase the eyes & reach of Belizean law enforcement, to be delivered early in 2022.
A potential gamechanger is the enlightenment of DNA technology to the National Forensic Science Service – (NFSS) following a broader extension of that office and a ballistics library to track guns used in crimes. There are also more boots on the ground – 225, to be exact, the no of recruits graduated in Squad 95, who are better trained, reaching out to community leaders and the spear point of the restored Police Department.
The Minister concluded that, “We are in the stage of execution, Madam Speaker; but we are humble enough to sound the call that we need each and every right-minded Belizean to stand up with us. We simply cannot do it without you”.