The Commissioner of Police, Chester Williams, recently returned to Belize after a trip to Chile, in South America. As we reported, while there, he was involved in a car accident. According to him, however, it was merely a “fender bender.” Still, he told us briefly about the accident and the reason for his trip.
Chester Williams, Commissioner of Police: “As you can see I’m in one piece. Yes it was an unfortunate situation. I still have a little pain in my right knee but daily I’m improving, I’m at work alive and kicking and the work continues. I was in Chile for a week attending the 88th Interpol General Assembly that was being held in Santiago Chile. The conference basically involved the discussion of global law enforcement issues as well as strategies that are being developed through Interpol to be able to address the phenomenon of crime worldwide. It had representatives from 144 countries along with their Interpol representatives and basically the meeting went well. They had a few elections of committee members who were added to the Interpol executive and so I see it as a very beneficial conference in the sense that there was a lot to be learned in terms of looking at combating crime especially transnational crime and we see that human trafficking, gang issues, cyber crime were the three salient issues during the conference and so we’re looking at different strategies that will be applied globally to be able to deal with those respective identified issues. I can tell you that within the past month we have had three persons who have been sent back to their respective countries through Interpol. We have a guy who was detained behind Belmopan who was wanted in Salvador for a number of offences including kidnapping, he was sent back to Salvador. We had one who was wanted in Honduras for aggravated domestic violence, he was captured and sent back to Honduras and then we had the American who was captured in Ladyville who was sent back to the US- – so we have very good relationship.”
Belize continues to work with its counterparts in other countries.