By Benjamin Flowers: On Sunday, Mesopotamia Area Representative Moses “Shyne” Barrow, called for the removal of the Minister of Home Affairs and New Growth Industries Kareem Musa, on the basis that Musa has failed to reduce violent crime in Belize. Commissioner of Police Chester Williams, while not addressing Barrow directly, has addressed the statement, saying that violent crime is an issue bigger than politics and police.
Yesterday, Williams stressed that violent crime is a multi-layered problem that requires various levels of response, but that police are doing their best to do their part.
“Because the issue is not the police, you know, the issue is our society, the fact that there is this propensity on the part of our young people to be violent, that is the issue. But certainly, some people believe that the minister of police or the commissioner can stop crime, that is not our role,” Williams said.
He went on to note that police and the Ministry of Home Affairs are working on a number of interventions to address the root causes of crime in tandem with increased policing activity but that these efforts will only be at their most effective when there is a societal shift. He conceded that there have been numerous murders this year, but that the efforts of the police have served to keep the situation from being worse than it could have been.
“But I saw that a politician placed on social media that this is the bloodiest start we have ever had for a year and I would like to say to that politician, that under the previous administration, we had many worst start than this so we have to be careful what we say and as the media you all have the stats, you can pull it out,” Williams added.