The Ministry of National Security has begun its series of consultations on strategies to fight crime. Today, Ministry personnel met with representatives of the Belize National Teachers Union. Minister of National Security, John Saldivar thanked the BNTU for its willingness to join forces with the Ministry of National Security to combat crime. In addition, Commissioner of Police Allen Whylie gave an overview of recent efforts of the Police Department to address the crime situation and outlined the advances and programs now in place to curtail the situation. The President of the BNTU, Senator Elena Smith gave a presentation on suggestions and recommendations to address citizens’ security and expressed its willingness to work with the Ministry of National Security. The participants engaged in a general discussion and exchange of ideas and the meeting ended on a cordial note. Both parties agreed that the consultation represents only the first step in the exchange of ideas and efforts between the two entities, and committed to continuing the dialogue to strive for greater citizen security. Also present at today’s meeting were Chief Executive Officers Ret. Col. George Lovell and Felix Enriquez; Deputy Commissioners Chester Williams and Robert Mariano; Officer Commanding Southside Belize City, Senior Superintendent Howell Gillett, and other senior police officials. Aside from the President, the BNTU was First Vice President, Luke Palacio and other senior officers.