In last night’s newscast we presented you with the report on the performance of the police formations in both the Orange Walk and Corozal Districts. The overall report is that there was more successes achieved in 2013 as compared to 2012 since both formations report a decrease in major crimes for last year. The major crimes highlighted include murder, rape, robbery, burglary, theft and carnal knowledge. Superintendent Joseph Myvette, Northern Regional Commander, admitted that despite the success there were challenges in 2013 but their efforts ultimately brought about the decrease reflected in the reports.
Superintendent Joseph Myvette – Northern Regional Commander
“Several crime initiatives had to have been put in place, one was the increase in operation targeting criminals, two was that we adopted a similar strategy as Belize City, where Belize City was divided into four precinct and we have divided both northern districts into different zones, Orange Walk is divided into three zones whilst Corozal is divided into four zones. This is being able to put police officers in a more timely response time; one and it is certain officers who are in charge of the different zones are held responsible for those zones. Forming community groups as well will assist or have assisted these officers who are in charge of the different zones having a quicker police response will certainly have a greater impact on crime.”
Superintendent Dennis Arnold, Officer Commanding the Orange Walk Police Formation says that this year the department intends to keep implementing the strategies carried in 2013 and also introduces new ones.
Superintendent Dennis Arnold – OC, OWPD
“We are embarking on some of our objective, we will form more neighbourhood committee, we will have citizen on patrol, we will have the special constable program, we are dealing with the kids in schools, this is some of the way forward to 2014, we will see more patrols, bicycle patrols, we will also be embarking on the I mention about the COPS program, next month I believe we will be having training for the COPS program in Belmopan, two weeks and thereafter we will roll out everything.”
Superintendent Arnold says that they continue to encourage the public to work with the police to ensure continued success in the reduction of crime rates in both northern districts. Superintendent Myvette says that in the country, the northern and southern regions account for lower crime rates in the country.
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