Posted: Tuesday, May 25, 2021. 7:16 pm CST.
By Benjamin Flowers: Commissioner of Police, Chester Williams, has warned gang members in Belize that the mediation session held over the weekend will be their last chance at working things out amicably before police decide to do something drastic to curb the recent spike in violent crime plaguing Belize City.
Williams said that he attended a mediation session along with Nuri Muhammad and Abdul Nunez, the new director of the Behavior Modification and Conflict Mediation Center. Williams said that the mediation sessions were geared towards finding out what issues the gang members were facing and how those issues could be resolved peacefully. He noted that the session went well and since then there has been a reduction in inner-city violence.
“It cannot be that whenever these things occur we talk and then things done. I still do believe that something more drastic needs to be done for these gang members to understand that their behavior has become intolerable and as such drastic action must be taken against you,” Williams said. “I have said to them in the mediation that this is the last talk, if it continues, we’re not going to sit down and talk anymore. Something needs to be done.”
He went on to say that he has participated in numerous mediation sessions because fighting crime needs a multi-faceted approach which includes mediation, behavioral interventions, and removing hardcore criminals from around others they would corrupt. Williams said that dealing with the root source of crime and the underlying issue is not a job solely for the police and needs the support of other entities.
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