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Commissioner of Police is competent says Minister of Home Affairs

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The crime situation in Belize, specifically in Belize City, continues to concern police and the public. 2017 saw well over 140 murders and the violence spilled into January of this year in which authorities have recorded as many as fifteen murders. While the Belize Police Department continues its battle against crime, recently launching its crime strategy, there are many who have come to question the leadership of Commissioner of Police Allen Whylie, some even suggested he be removed from the head of the department. The Minister of Home Affairs Wilfred Elrington feels differently, however. In an interview with the media on Thursday, Minister Elrington once again said he has complete trust in the Compol’s competence.

Wilfred Elrington – Minister of Foreign Affairs

“In relation to Mr. Whylie I can tell you that as far as I am concerned I have no second guessing about Mr. Whylie. I reiterate the position I make that police is teamwork. I have found Mr. Whylie to be quite intelligent as I have said, he seems to be a man of integrity, I’ve gotten no negatives from him, and I’ve heard no negatives of him. I know we have a serious social problem where people are killing and more than we would like to see that happen, I know that he and his team are trying their best to contain it. I know also too that an increase in homicides all over the region and I expect that it will get worse. The northern triangle…”

Reporter:

“It’s down in Salvador, its down in Honduras, it’s down in Guatemala.”

Wilfred Elrington – Minister of Foreign Affairs

“If it is down there, it is only minimally down and the kind of resources they are putting in there is humongous as opposed to us. My big complaint is that you cannot have people being trained for six months and are able to deal with all the crimes. Remember now, we are getting all kinds of criminals getting back into the country. I think only this week, the Americans were dropping off seven; seven deportees and I imagine that number is going to increase and then very recently you heard of the Mexicans who were stealing the ATM cards, the Credit cards so I expect that there is going to be an increase in criminal activity going down the road and it is imperative that we do all in our power to strengthen our security forces as well as the social conditions of our people. Most of our problem is socioeconomic.”

Commissioner Allen Whylie took the lead of the Belize Police Department in January of 2013.

 

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