Posted: Tuesday, July 7, 2020. 5:47 pm CST.
By Aaron Humes: Belize City residents have been greeted since Monday with regular checkpoints, stop-and-search operations and more mobile and foot patrols.
With two murders this past weekend and the Southside in particular bracing for reported retaliation, and a spike in robberies also reported, the cops are making a show of force in direct response to stem any kind of spike in crime before it happens.
On Monday, Assistant Commissioner of Police Alden Dawson, Regional Commander, Eastern Division, explained at a press briefing: “We know that since the announcement of the lifting of the SOE on July first, we were expecting some increase in activity across the city. Since then we had put in place several measures to deal with these criminal elements and prevent them from moving easily or committing offenses within the division. We have had several operations into the weekend, but unfortunately, even with that operation, we had two murders.”
But police are not giving up, he added: “We have since stepped up our efforts and you will see an increase in police activity through this week and into the week, with the same aim to curb these situations. I ask the public to bear patience and cooperation with the police. We will be putting on additional pressure especially where loitering and public drinking [is] concerned to keep the streets clear of these criminals and their activities.”
ACP Dawson said in particular of the stop-and-search operation and his officers: “We are asking the police to go back to these stop and search to increase. I know some of them still had the fear of this COVID situation, but we are trying our best to get that out of their mind and we will increase back the stop and search which used to assist us a lot.”
There will be a follow-up briefing this afternoon at 4 p.m. here in Belize City led by Commissioner of Police Chester Williams. We will have details of that as it happens.
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