Police Commissioner Chester Williams Renews Commitment to Combat Human Trafficking
Police Commissioner Chester Williams has reiterated the department’s commitment in enforcing the Trafficking in Persons Act 2013 through the works and efforts of the Anti-Trafficking in Persons Police Unit. His recommitment was expressed yesterday when he signed onto a memorandum of understanding with the Human Trafficking Institute (HTI) in Belmopan. The memorandum is reportedly a continuation of the HTI’s support to the Police Department which began back in 2018. Police Commissioner Chester Williams spoke to the media on the MOU.
Chester Williams, Commissioner of Police: “That MOU has to do with enhancing the capabilities of the Anti Trafficking in Persons Unit in Belize. When we talk about enhancing the capacity we’re looking at training as well as other resources that the unit may need to be able to discharge its function properly. You would know that human trafficking is a crime against humanity and so as democratic nations we must do our best to ensure that we rid our country of the scourge of human trafficking. And so it is with this spirit that we are partnering with the Human Trafficking Institute to see what they can do to enhance our capabilities to be able to discharge that very important function. We also discussed expanding the unit and I can say that about two years ago as Commissioner I had expanded the unit with additional personnel and again I am planing on expanding it again whenever the next recruit squad graduates from the academy we’ll be putting an additional three persons there and with that we are also ensuring that we have the capability to be able to address the issue of human smuggling. Human trafficking and human smuggling tend to have a very close correlation and so to be able to deal with that we’re going to make sure that the unit will deal with not just human trafficking but also human smuggling incidents.”
Love News understands that yesterday’s signing precedes the coming together of several agencies to draft an execution plan for anti-trafficking activities for this year. The Human Trafficking Institute is a non-government organization that works with specialized teams, embedded experts with targeted training for the arrest and prosecution of Human Trafficking cases worldwide. The MOU was signed by the Police Commissioner, and the HTI’s Country Director, Amber Sherwood.