Posted: Wednesday, April 5, 2023. 3:01 pm CST.
By Aaron Humes: Deputy Commissioner of Police Dr Richard Rosado shared a message this morning on behalf of the Leadership Intervention Unit (LIU) and Belize Police Department, declaring that crime in Belize is on its way down – but that the fight is not over yet.
In a time of year that has previously been sadly marked by an increase in traffic accidents, drowning incidents, and violent crime including murder, Dr Rosado wrote that “while the Belize Police Department will maintain high visibility during the Easter Holidays, the [LIU] and its stakeholders will continue to engage our most vulnerable communities and our at-risk youths in a variety of programs and activities to empower and engage them during the Easter Holidays.”
He added that “The answer to safety and security for the Easter holiday is also multi-sectoral policing, a form of collaborative policing, a construct that brings together key stakeholders and encapsulates the concepts of collaboration, problem-solving, and Smart Policing to achieve more effective and long-lasting benefits in crime control and crime prevention. Collaborative policing begins with individual security and consciousness and each one of us serves as the first line of our own security and by extension the country.”
Tips for safety and security include the following: “Be vigilant about your surroundings and your movements during this Easter holidays. When you are suspicious about anything or anybody in your vicinity, immediately inform the Police. If you are attending any event with your children kindly ensure they are within sight at all times including monitoring them while swimming. Observe basic home security measures and inform your trusted neighbour to keep an eye on your property when you are not at home. Do not advertise your movements, and/or expensive possession on social media. If you intend to consume alcoholic beverages, please do so in the confine of your home or at licensed premises, and remember don’t drink and drive. LIU reminds everyone that public drinking is an offence. In addition, drivers and passengers should remember to use seat belts at all times when travelling on our major highways.”
Reaffirming that “The Leadership Intervention Unit will continue to work closely with the police and other stakeholders as we strive to improve citizen security,” he concluded: “As we enter this Easter holiday, I take this opportunity on behalf of the Leadership Intervention Unit to wish you all a blessed and safe easter holidays filled with God’s richest blessing. The LIU wishes all Belizeans and visitors a very peaceful and happy Easter holiday. God bless.”
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