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Posted: Thursday, July 9, 2020. 3:32 pm CST.

By BBN Staff: In response to a recent spike in violent crime over the weekend, the Government of Belize declared another State of Emergency. What followed on Tuesday morning was a massive mobilization of police manpower that resulted in over 100 people detained. Today Commissioner of Police Chester Williams said that some 26 people are going to prison today following those detentions, with more to follow as operations continue.

Williams said that the Anti Gang Taskforce and the police department’s Gang Suppression Unit (GSU) are sifting through a list of persons detained during Tuesday’s operations to determine who will be remanded to prison and who will be allowed to go home. He stressed that the department is doing its due diligence following the operations, to ensure that the persons going to prison are the ones that have some involvement with the recent spike in violent crime plaguing Belize City.

“We want to be fair to people,” Williams said. “If it is that they are not a part of what is happening, causing havoc in our streets, then we don’t want to capture them at this time. We are going to give them the opportunity to continue to do the good things that they are doing.”

Attorney General and Minister of National Security Michael Peyrefitte is expected to sign the detention orders for the others headed to prison sometime this afternoon, meanwhile, police will be issuing wanted posters and seeking the public’s assistance in locating those that have not yet been apprehended.

“If it is that they are in a crab hole we are going to dig them out, wherever they go we are going to find them.” Williams said.”We found some yesterday in a hotel in Belama, we found some yesterday in Cayo, so some of them have fled the city…we will find them.”


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