Posted: Tuesday, May 26, 2020. 9:28 am CST.
By BBN Staff: This morning, Commissioner of Police, Chester Williams issued a statement refuting claims that the curfew is in place to control crime because the government has no strategy to address crime.
Williams noted that policing the state of emergency is far more strenuous on law enforcement and requires far more planning and strategizing.
“After all we are policing in uncharted waters. This is for the simple fact that we must police the state of emergency measures to avoid the spread of the virus and we must also police the criminals to make sure they do not take advantage of the fact that we are dealing with the SOE measures and commit crime,” Williams said.
In addition, he explained that more than 80% of heinous crimes normally occur between the hours of 5 a.m. and 8 p.m. So, under 20% of heinous crimes were committed during 8 p.m. to 5 a.m.
Williams says that the relaxation of some of the measures allow for a vast majority of business places to open between the hours of 5 a.m. to 7 p.m. and enhanced the potential for an increase in crime during these hours.
“But the police efforts has been effective in minimizing the occurrences of crime. The police efforts continue to be effective, making sure that the merchant and their customers do business in a safe atmosphere,” Williams added.
The COMPOL said that the curfew help in minimizing burglaries which were more prevalent between 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. but does not help with avoiding heinous type of crimes.
Williams said that the curfew minimizes the amount of nighttime gathering and activities.
“I am sure that if the curfew were to be lifted it would not be the gang members or crime situation that is going to keep the police busy, it is going to be those hard-headed ones among us who will want to be gathering in large numbers at homes, parks and different locations having social events,” Williams expressed.
He ended by thanking the police for their work policing during this pandemic and pledge to continue to do their best in keeping citizens safe from crime, while doing our part to keep our country Covid-19 free.
The police department continues to work with Conscious Youth Development Program (CYDP) doing interventions and mediation with the different groups, with a view to keep them in line.
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