Posted: Thursday, November 14, 2019. 10:23 am CST.
By Aaron Humes: What started in the wake of complaints of police not being fully engaged with those they serve, the Belize Police Department’s “Meet and Greet” program brings officers to different parts of the City each Wednesday, going door to door to hear concerns from residents and businesses.
This week, joined by Commissioner of Police Chester Williams, Assistant Commissioner and officer commanding Eastern Division, Alden Dawson, and his men worked East and West Canals and South street, an epicenter of gang configurations in the City.
But according to ACP Dawson, a combination of maximum strength patrols and outreach to gangs through mediation and conflict resolution has caused “a massive reduction in crime in this area.”
Precinct One covers mostly the area of Southside, east of Central American Boulevard including downtown; Precinct Two covers points west.
The lower Precinct One area is the base of the infamous George Street Gang and its associates and smaller groups on Rocky Road and Wagner’s Lane (Jump Street). It is a heartbeat away from Albert and Regent Streets, the commercial zone of the City.
Explains ACP Dawson, “…we meet with these people, we continue to do different activities; we do mediation and whatever we see necessary to contain the crime in this area. And so far, we see a reduction in crime in this area.”
One thing ACP Dawson said he would like to bring back in the area is the Police’s Youth Cadet Corps, which he admits has lost not a few members. “We are even now taking on different projects to incorporate the youth and we will continue to do that and to try to bring the youth as much as possible together… we are in the process of trying to reactivating what we have lost.”
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