Ministry of National Security hosts the BNTU for First National Consultation Print E-mail
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Thursday, 19 April 2018 00:00

The Minister of National Security, Honorable John Saldivar, began a series of national consultations on citizen security and crime prevention with the Trade Unions of Belize on Wednesday, April 11, 2018. Minister Saldivar met with the Council of Management of the Belize National Teachers’ Union (BNTU) in this first session.

Present for the meeting were the Chief Executive Officers in the Ministry of National Security, Ret. Col. George Lovell and Felix Enriquez, Commissioner of Police, Allen Whylie, Deputy Commissioners Chester Williams and Robert Mariano, Officer Commanding Southside Belize City, Senior Superintendent, Howell Gillett, and other senior police officials. The Council of Management team was headed by President of the BNTU, Senator Elena Smith, First Vice President, Luke Palacio, and several other senior officers of the BNTU’s Council of Management.

Minister Saldivar reminded the Union that the fight against crime must be a joint effort by all. COMPOL Whylie gave an overview of recent efforts by the Police Department to address the crime situation and outlined the advances and programs now in place to curtail the situation. This was followed by a presentation by Senator Smith on suggestions and recommendations by the BNTU to address citizens’ security. The Union expressed its willingness to work with the Ministry of National Security, and all other ministries, in the effort to combat crime.

The participants engaged in a general discussion and exchange of ideas and the meeting ended on a cordial note. Both parties agreed that the consultation represents only the first step in the exchange of ideas and efforts between the two entities, and committed to continuing the dialogue to strive for greater citizen security.

The second round of consultations was held with the Belize Council of Churches, the Belize Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCI), and the National Trade Union Congress of Belize (NTUCB).

All sessions are being hosted at the Police Training Academy in Belmopan.