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Posted: Thursday, September 13,2018. 3:00 p.m.CST.

By BBN Staff: Since the activation of the Public State of Emergency in the George and Banak Street areas, 110 men have been detained by police.

However, Deputy Commissioner of Police, Chester Williams, today revealed that only 40 of those persons were taken to prison yesterday.

He explained that while the men were not charged, they were advised why they had been detained. While these men remain on detention, Williams said police are working to build a case against them so at the expiration of their 30-day detention they can face criminal charges.

When asked about the concerns raised by the attorneys attached to the Human Rights Commission, Williams responded,”Luckily, I went to the same law school as they did.”

According to Williams, those lawyers that oppose his policing methods represent a minority. He went on to say that the Bar Association had expressed that it stands in solidarity with law enforcement.

Williams said, “We must ensure that we do this the right way so as to not infringe on the rights of ordinary law abiding citizens.”

He despite the fear tactics employed by his detractors, law abiding citizens have nothing to fear. The police knows who they are seeking, he said.

He added that although gang members are being sought, the Belize Police Department has compromised with some of them who are going to school.

However, he has indicated to them that they must chose if they want to either pursue their studies or a life of crime.

According to Williams, he believes that the decision to detain gang members was one that he does not regret.

He explained that he tried fully to have these gang members walk away from a life of crime but they have refused his community policing model.

Police have detained all the leaders of these two major gangs except two that are being sought at this time.

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