Media personnel participated in a Crime Data workshop over the weekend. The workshop included statistics from the police department, Kolbe Foundation, as well as from Belize Crime Observatory (BCO). Additionally, the media learnt of different processes when dealing with crime scenes. The workshop was held with the goal of enhancing how crime data is reported on in Belizean media. CEO in the Ministry of National Security, George Lovell, was present and spoke more about the important of the workshop.
George Lovell, CEO, Ministry of National Security: “ When Adele came to assist me with the Belize Crime Observatory we realized that there are number of things that we need to do to ensure that we build capacity of all our stakeholders, all our partners and we can’t just build a staff that we have at the Belize Crime Observatory and expect that the kind of information and data that we put on the observatory will be any better than just those staff that we have. So we set out with a work plan to build the capacity of all our partners and stakeholders and it so happens that the media is one of those very important partners. Information that I have and that I hope can be on the crime observatory is one where it will be reliable, it will be of the best facts as we know them to be and it would be timely so that – and that last thing that it will be relevant, it needs to be relevant to the kind of interest and needs that we have. This particular workshop is one that is on our plan and with the assistance of the InfoSegura, UNDP, USDIE and the Government of Belize we had managed to get the fundings necessary to do this workshop and a number of other workshops, workshops with the sexual offenders registry and a few other things we see coming up in days to come.”
The workshop was held from 9am to 4:30pm.