Wednesday, July 22, 2015. Aaron Humes Reporting: Minister of National Security John Saldivar has met with his senior Police Department leadership to review performance over the first half of 2015 and plan strategy for the second.
The Department has been reorganized into five regions, headed respectively by Senior Superintendents Ralph Moody (South), Aaron Guzman (Western), Alford Grinage (Acting Eastern North, for ACP Desiree Phillips), Edward Broaster (Eastern Rural) and Chester Williams (Eastern South).
During the meeting, the recently appointed commanders of the three new regions in the Belize District expressed to the Minister their endorsement of the new organizational strategy and their expectation that the new arrangement will produce the desired results.
Decisions were also taken to establish a formation for the villages in Cayo South separate from the Belmopan formation and a formation for the villages of Hopkins, Sittee River, Kendal, and Silk Grass separate from the Dangriga formation. Both new formations will now have a separate Officer in Charge answerable to the Regional Commanders in the West and South, respectively.
The meeting also noted a shift in the murder trend towards domestic and personal conflict as the motive for recent murders and a strategy has been adopted to address this rise in domestic abuse and personal conflict resulting in death.
The murder count for 2015 is unofficially at 80 following the deaths of Steve Munnings and Kelvin Usher this weekend.
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