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Compol William Says Curfew Was Never A Part of the Police’s Crime Fighting Strategy

Police Commissioner Chester Williams has commented on the lifting of the curfew. Our newsroom asked him for his views and whether he feels this change will see an increase in crime. Commissioner Williams responded saying that the impression that the curfew was curbing crime is not accurate.

Chester Williams, Commissioner of Police: “Certainly there are some schools of thought that had believed that the curfew was in place to assist with the whole issue of crime but as I have always maintained, the curfew in no way was assisting us in terms of crime fighting strategy. As you would know, as a person in the media, that most of our major crime prior to the COVID-19 pandemic used to occur between 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. and the curfew time is at 11 and 12 p.m. and therefore the time when curfew kicks in, most of our major crime would have already been committed and so it certainly was not aiding us in our effort to ensure that we keep our country safe and yes, in terms of Belize City, we know that that is the hot area and the most gang infested area. We have been policing Belize in such a way that we try our utmost best to minimise the occurrences of these gang activities and other major crime and yes, while the curfew being removed will certainly have the requirement for the police to step up their game particularly between 12 midnight and 4 p.m., 4 a.m. which was the time the curfew had been lifted. We are prepared for it and we don’t anticipate that there’s going to be chaos. It’s not a situation where you say Chicken Little is falling. No. We’re a department. We are resilient and we are going to continue to do what we can to keep our people safe.”

With such an ease in Covid-19 regulations, the Police will also see an ease in enforcement efforts. According to Police Commissioner this will allow him to use officers in other areas.