As the gang war in Southside Belize City intensifies, the Belize Police Department is strategizing on how to deal with the criminal characters at play. While the Department is undermanned and under resourced, Home Affairs Minister Kareem Musa told Love News that everything is being done to deescalate tensions in the affected area.
Kareem Musa, Minister of Home Affairs: “It is really a roller coaster when it comes to crime. It affects everybody regardless of political affiliation, crime is everybody’s business in Belize. Up to last week I could say that our police department and I have to commend them, were doing an exceptional job given all the circumstances. We’ve remained undermanned and under resourced. As you can see from the budget this year there have been significant cuts to our department but we do have good men and women in uniform who are doing a good job but like I said it is a roller coaster and right now we do have a very tense, volatile situation in Belize City whereby just over the weekend we saw what I could only describe as a random act of terror visited upon the elder gentlemen in the area of George Street and so while it is that we have made arrests in relation to the first murder of Mr.Tilllet we have made an arrest in that regard, this latest act is extremely heinous and requires significant attention by the police department and we will so respond. I’m not saying that we’re going to get rough in any way but at the same time we have to increase our presence, our patrols and our vigilance in that particular area.”