The Ministry of Home Affairs has launched the Belize Crime Observatory which is a consolidated database of local information. Chief Executive Officer in the Ministry of Home Affairs, Retired Colonel George Lovell said the Observatory will be very useful in data gathering especially for researchers and students.
“There were three main objectives, we wanted to be able to inform the public a little bit more in terms of all that is going on and for them to be able to have crime data information readily available in one shop, one stop area. What we note when we first thought about all this is that there is a wealth of information that is out there but it is basically housed in a number of agencies and ministries. We wanted to be able to capture that in one national observatory where when researchers, consultants, scholars and students or anyone wants to get this information they don’t find themselves being frustrated going from one area to the next spending hours and being pushed around to try to get a little bit of information that can be had with the touch of a button.”
Colonel Lovell also spoke of the type of information and departments that will be available in the Observatory.
“We are looking at information that we would put out there for major crimes for example. We are looking at information that would be at Ministry of Human Development and Poverty Alleviation with all the programs that they are doing for those at risk youth or people who might be involved. We are looking at the Ministry of Education they are also doing a number of initiatives that speak to information that needs to be had by decision makers and policy makers, we are looking at Restore Belize as some examples. So it is information that is out there for people who are at risk and those crime data for major crimes as the police have them.”
Lovell added that the information will be updated every month. The database cost around half a million dollars to implement and received donations from various international agencies.