Belize Law Enforcement and UB Collaborate on Crime Prevention Forum

Belize Law Enforcement and UB Collaborate on Crime Prevention Forum

The Leadership Intervention Unit (LIU), the Belize Police Department, and the Ministry of Home Affairs are encouraging the public to listen, engage, and add to its forum on crime prevention and control. The agencies have partnered with the University of Belize to offer insight and educate the public on its multi-sectoral approach to crime and violence. The LIU is working with various governmental organizations to reduce crime, violent behavior, and the incarceration of people from marginalized communities. The forum aims to involve the public in examining workable strategies and solutions to crime and criminality. Executive Member of the LIU, Deputy Commissioner of Police Dr. Richard Rosado, expounded on the goal of the educational event and spoke about what can be expected from his presentation. 

Dr.Richard Rosado, Deputy Commissioner of Police:  “The Leadership Intervention Unit has reviewed, analyzed, identify shortcomings from many initiatives and studies done in the past. And during the forum we’ll be discussing some of these initiatives, programs and activity from the individual, social structural and integrated theory level that have informed and guide the multi-sectoral strategic plan. We also intend to discuss the concept of smart policing and the need to reform, restructure, and rebuild the police organization. As you may know, there’s a need for in addressing crime and criminality, whenever we address crime and criminality, we need all hands on deck to address crime and criminality. We need all hands on deck to assist us in to support boys transition to manhood, to address gender-based violence, to strengthen the family structure and society, to develop and launch targeted social transformation programs. We need all hands on deck to enhance spirituality. We also need all hands on deck to help us to strengthen the institution, the police institution, all in an effort for us to be able to address crime and criminality from our front. And on Thursday, this Thursday at 2 p.m. we’ll be having the open forum, which is open to the public. And we are extending an open invitation to the general public for them to join us in this collaborative effort in finding workable solutions to improving citizen security in the least.”

Dr. Rosado also explained that the all-of-government approach is based on collective efforts that also involve participation on the family level. He highlighted the changes being made to policing and the push to work with residents on the community level. 

Dr.Richard Rosado, Deputy Commissioner of Police: “The strengthening of the family structure and society require a collaborative from not only from the family but from society on a whole and we all as individual as members of society, we play a crucial role in assisting young men or young boys transitioning into manhood. So it will require a collaborative effort from all stakeholders and especially the parents or the guardians of the individual. As law enforcement agency we have a wide continuum of policing strategy available to us from community policing to combat policing. Where on that continuum we place the police department is highly dependent on the context on the ground. Now the LIU Multisectoral Strategic Plan is guided by three strategic trusts. One is it’s a multisectoral collaboration. Reforming, restructuring and rebuilding the police organization and smart policing concept. Now these three strategic trusts are basically guided by a three tier approach to addressing crime and criminality. And those three tier approach will now see a holistic approach to citizen security because tier one and tier two where we will involve all stakeholders, all government ministries, civil society, churches, in assisting us in addressing tier one and tier two. For too long the police department have been concentrating on the tier 3 which is the criminal justice system. And we have realized that we cannot arrest our way out of crime and criminality, but we must address it from a collaborative front.”

The event will feature remarks from the Minister of Home Affairs Kareem Musa and the President of the University of Belize Dr. Vincent Palacio and concludes with a presentation from the Chairwoman of the LIU Dominque Noralez. 

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