Friday, September 19, 2014. PATRICK E. JONES Reporting: The Honorable the Minister of State with responsibility for Gangs, Mr. Mark King has issued a statement expressing condolences to all the families affected by the recent spike in crimes in Belize City.
Minister King, in his statement, said that “as a nation, we continue to see young people are more and more at risk of being drawn into gangs and will be targeted at every stage of their lives – from toddlers to teenagers – and the onus is on the Government and all its partners to use a comprehensive approach aimed at preventing the next generation of gang members.”
The Minister, who is the area representative for Lake Independence, says that the full weight of the law will be brought to bear on individuals who are bent on disrupting the “climate of peace in our beloved nation,” and he called on everyone “to continue promoting a message of peace and harmony” as Belize prepares to celebrate 33 years of Independence on Sunday.
The statement says that Minister King “stands firm with the Belize Police Department, our Government and our partners to maintain that our most important mission is to continue to bring violence under control. This means providing the police with the support and powers they need to protect residents affected by this serious gang violence. There can never be an excuse for gang criminality and it must be dealt with swiftly and robustly.”
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