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Posted: Wednesday, November 18, 2020. 8:17 am CST.

By BBN sTaff: Commissioner of Police Chester Williams, says that the Belize Police Department will continue to expand on its community policing efforts in order to better the department’s relationship with the public and keep neighborhoods safer.

Williams, who has been placing heavy emphasis on community policing since 2015, says that he believes the system, when applied properly can have exemplary results. In that light, Williams said that in the next two weeks, the department will be launching its community policing manual, so that each officer will know what is expected of them as they carry out the functions of their various units.

“The police do not work in isolation of the public. We must work in tangent with each other. It must be that we fashion what we expect the public to take from us,” Williams said.

He noted that there are several vibrant neighbourhood watch groups already in place and the department is looking at how it can work with communities to expand this type of collaboration countrywide.

Williams’ desire for community policing was mirrored by newly-appointed minister of Home Affairs, Kareem Musa, who said that the Ministry will be working closely with the department to ensure that officers are respecting people’s rights while interacting with the public in the field, which will serve to bolster the relationship between the public and the police.

 

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