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Francis Fonseca

Francis Fonseca

Francis Fonseca

Friday, September 19, 2014. AARON HUMES Reporting: Debate has begun on the new tack being taken by the Belize Police Department to arrest the spike in crime that saw a total of six murders dating back to last weekend.

Essentially, the plan calls for more troops on the ground, with the spear points of the Gang Suppression Unit (GSU) and Quick Response Team (QRT).

And while the police have vowed to pursue these enemies of the state, the People’s United Party (PUP) says that the GSU should not be allowed to participate in that fight.

Its leader Francis Fonseca said that until the Unit solves its image problems, beginning with leader Inspector Mark Flowers, it will continue to be part of the problem rather than the solution.

He called for a review of the Unit’s professional development with a view to converting it into something that will attract the confidence of Belizeans.

Speaking more generally, Fonseca says the PUP’s offer to work with the Government remains open as this is a national issue, but that it demands more solutions rather than what appears to be more of the same.

According to Fonseca, throwing money and manpower at the situation will not work unless it is in conjunction with addressing the “root causes” of crime, including education.

The police have sworn “zero tolerance” for criminal activity.

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