Better Policing for Placencia Print E-mail
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Thursday, 01 November 2012 00:00

COMPOL, David Henderson, Minister John Saldivar, Stuart Krohn and Charles Leslie signOn Wednesday, October 31st, Minister of National Security, Hon. John Saldivar, Commissioner of Police, David Henderson; Chairman of the Placencia Village Council, Charles Leslie and member of the Steering Committee of the Peninsula 20/20 Initiative, Stuart Krohn signed on to a memorandum of understanding to see improved policing on the Placencia Peninsula.

Under the memorandum of understanding, a Recreational Vehicle (RV) will be secured and outfitted for police officers to be able to conduct mobile checkpoints along the stretch of the peninsula on a 24-hour basis. The vehicle will be owned and maintained by the Placencia Chapter of the Belize Tourism Industry Association, but will be deployed to various areas of the peninsula as the Officer commanding of that formation sees fit. Because the peninsula is a tourist attraction, specific attention will be given to the personnel, who will man the checkpoint to include members of the Police Tourism Unit, special constables and citizens on patrol. These officers, who will man the checkpoint, will also be given at least one hot meal a day along with drinks and snacks.

Speaking at the signing, Krohn said that while crime is not rampant in the peninsula, it is best to have a proactive approach to crime, to stop a crime epidemic before it starts. He added that if citizens in a particular area cannot get involved to combat crime, no amount of police patrols will stop crime either in Placencia or any other part of the country. What they are doing is to mobilize the community to fight crime. For his part, Chairman of Placencia Charles Leslie thanked the Minister of National Security for the support that the village has gotten and added that the initiatives shows that the MOU is a powerful lobbying tool for communities and is being used for the benefit of the communities of the peninsula.

Minister John Saldivar told those gathered that the initiative should serve as a model for communities to fight crime. He noted that we cannot solve the crime problem with just the police or the Ministry of National Security "this is a national problem that has to be tackled nationally and by all concerned." With that he said that there is a renewed focus to re-emphasize community participation if crime fighting. For the Placencia initiative he said, he is convinced it will work and he expects to expand this kind of initiative across the country. Already plans are underway to model a similar police-community crime fighting effort in Belmopan.