Senior Police Officials Convene in Belize to Address Transnational Crimes

Senior Police Officials Convene in Belize to Address Transnational Crimes

Senior cops from across the region have gathered in Belize for the 28th Ordinary General Assembly of the Chiefs and Directors of Police for Central America, the Caribbean, Columbia, and Mexico. Belize is hosting this year’s conference that is centered on tackling transnational crimes like drug trafficking, human smuggling, cybercrime, and auto theft. In June, the Commissioner of Police, Chester Williams, was elected President of the association, and today he was officially sworn in. Williams spoke about the prestigious position, the responsibilities that come with it, and how it will improve regional citizen security. 

Chester Williams, Commissioner of Police: “As the president it is my duty to ensure that I provide good leadership and guidance to this esteemed commission and so as we assemble today and tomorrow to discuss our achievements over the past year and to plan the roadmap for 2024 in terms of how we will be policing the Central American region it is important that we realize that we cannot just police the region with just the police organizations that are based within the Central American, Columbia, Mexico and Caribbean region but also there needs to be collaboration between our Commission and the ACCP. As you would know that the Caribbean stands right next to Central America and so it is only right that we incorporate the Caribbean into our discussions and that’s the reason why we’re seeing that for the first time in the history of the commission we have a representative from the ACCP in attendance and he will be doing a presentation. We also for the first time have representation from SICA. Again SICA as you would know is the government arm of Central America and so SICA does a lot of work within the Central American region and so as the law enforcement organization within the Central American region it is only right that we also have good ties and collaboration with SICA. And so as the president I’m trying to see how I can bring other organizations into our commission or to be a part of our commission that way we will be able to enhance the citizen security not just within our respective countries but within the Central American and Caribbean region.”

The two-day event is being attended by police leaders from twelve countries and fifteen different police organizations. Minister of Home Affairs, Kareem Musa, explained that the meeting is a first for Belize and aims to improve the comradery among police departments in the region.

Kareem Musa, Minister of Home Affairs: “The session today is historic and unprecedented in many ways. Firstly of course our Commissioner of Police assuming presidency of this commission, being elected as president of this Commission for Central America, the Caribbean, Mexico and Columbia but also for us to host this event this is the 28th general assembly meeting of the Commissioners and Directors of Police for the region and of course this is where you receive an ultra holistic approach to crime in the sense that it’s al of these countries coming together to strategize, to share information, to share intelligence and to come up with a strategy for the region in combating not just transnational crime but crime within our respective jurisdictions whatever form that may take. As you saw today we even had representation from Haiti which is again very historic, they have not attended a conference in many years so it is truly welcoming to see their presence here today as well as the Commissioner of Police from The Bahamas. We are living in an era where information is so easily accessible, so easily shared amongst police departments and so it’s just the coming together of the heads of these departments from all over the region to basically strategize on how it is they’re going to share but there are various means of communication. Like I said it’s right at your fingertips and so it’s just to build that camaraderie amongst all of these commissioners so that they can share that information.”

The ComPol will serve as President of the association for a year and a half. 

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