Opposition Party claims cops failing to keep crime at bay

Opposition Party claims cops failing to keep crime at bay

The opposition believes that crime is out of control despite last year’s record-low number of homicides. Since the year started, there have been three home invasions across the country and several shooting incidents. The Minister of Home Affairs acknowledged this week that major crimes, particularly robberies, have plagued the police. However, United Democratic Party Chairman Michael Peyrefitte says that the cops are hemorrhaging in all aspects and are failing to keep crime at bay. 

Michael Peyrefitte, Chairman, UDP: “January 2nd Shots Fired in St.Martins Area. January 8th Shots Fired in the Mayflower area. January 8h again Shots fired in Ladyville. The 10th shots fired on Iguana Street area. January 11th Shemar Smith shot on Iguana Street. January 11th Joseph Leslie shot in Dun Street. Shots fired on Kelly Street the 12th a man is running down Douglas Jones Street with a knife out of his chest and the police had to take him to the KHMH. Martins area on the 13th shots fired again this is policeman telling me this you know ? On the 14th Adrian Noh is shot in the leg in Guinea Grass. On the 14th shots fired on Perez Road in Ladyville, they shot at police in Ladyville. The 16th there is stabbing in Dangriga Town. On the 17th shots fired by Lord Ridge Cemetery of all places. You have McDonald and Pakeman shot on the 18th on Maskall Street. On the 18th shots fired on Hunter Lane. On the 20th a man is shot in Corozal. The 21st another person is shot in Ladyville. On the 22nd shots fired in Pen Road then of course you have the murder of Logan on January 7th, you have on January 12th the murder of Matus and in addition to him being murdered a couple other people on the scene and injured too. Then last night another person was killed in Willows Bank. So you have a total of 21 gunshot incidents in twenty four days ? Almost one per day there is gunplay in this country.”

Peyrefitte added that he continues to call for the resignation of the Commissioner of Police and his political boss. 

Michael Peyrefitte, Chairman, UDP: “I’ve been saying that for months. I don’t think that Minister Musa is police minister material and I think that Commissioner Williams has served his time, make room for some fresh ideas, some fresh blood, some fresh thoughts on what’s going on because quite frankly there doesn’t seem to be any respect for law and order coming into 2024 at all. I know the government wanted to celebrate a lower murder count than the previous years but that’s not the only figure you should look at. You should look at burglaries, robberies which they themselves had to admit Is out of order at this point and they want to deploy people to the rural area. Deploy which people ? Deploy which police officers ? They’re already stretched thin. But that’s what they say on the news to make you feel better. It’s like when they proposed to build a new hospital in Belmopan and fill it up with what nurses ? With what doctors ? We’re already short handed as is so that doesn’t help the situation but if you point them out I mean I almost ran out of pages on this book but January 2nd you’re boasting about a low murder rate but you also have to look at the fact that when these murders occur what is conviction rate ? When these burglaries and robberies occur what is even the arrest rate ? For every hundred robberies or burglaries that occur there is less than twenty people who are even arrested for these crimes. So it’s not just them occurring there is no solution to these issues, nobody is paying any price for their criminal activity.”

Peyrefitte is the UDP Shadow Minister for National Security and Home Affairs.

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