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The Orange Walk Police has employed a change of tactic to address the problem of rural crime in the Orange Walk District and the hope is to put an end to a spate of offences and improved confidence in the police. Today members of the police formation including Officer Commanding, Assistant Superintendent Selvin Tillett, met with residents of the San Felipe Village in an effort to reduce crime. Tillett says the formation is delivering a consistent proactive and preventative approach to meet the needs of rural communities.


Screen_Shot_2015-08-05_at_7.52.46_PMASP. SELVIN TILLETT – OIC, OW POLICE


“We realize that we don’t want that only when they want they go to the police station but we come out and meet them and who better than the villagers, people themselves tell us what is their problems and ask them what is their problem, what and how we can improve the police service to them, what can we do to better our living standards but I believe that this is only to try to garner back the confidence in the community and we intent to start the Orange Walk formation.”


Maria Novelo – Reporter


“Ok, but one of the problem that they are facing is the response time  it is too slow from Orange Walk getting here how do you plan to address that?”


ASP. SELVIN TILLETT – OIC, OW POLICE

“We intent to open a booth/station here in August Pine Ridge so as to facilitate this area so as this moment we are working on that and that should facilitate the response much quicker.”


Maria Novelo – Reporter


“Any particular reason you choose San Felipe or the other villages not being looked at?”


ASP. SELVIN TILLETT – OIC, OW POLICE


“We are taking one at a time we have done August Pine Ridge we have done Palmar and we intend to do all villages in the district.”


Village Council Member, Ismael Delgado, says while the crime is not that rampant, the council has allotted a plot of land where a police booth will be built in the near future.


ISMAEL DELGADO – Member, Village Council


“I think they are doing a very good job because this was needed for many years ago sometimes we feel a little bit abandoned because these guys you barely see them right now we have Mr. Tillett who is in charge for the police department and I thing that families have a lot of concerns about we could improve the security of our village and yes I think toady it is something that is going to happen it is very good about wha they are doing.”


Maria Novelo – Reporter


“Speak to us about the challenges that you guys face in terms of crime, what do you say?”


ISMAEL DELGADO – Member, Village Council


“Well, we do not have much crime here it is like any village a little bit of fighting going on but it is nothing dangerous that is happening like shooting and things like that but at this moment they have been responding to us very good, we don’t have any police station we actually are working on that we have a land which the village council has issued for a police station to be built.”


Maria Novelo – Reporter


“What do you guys do in terms of emergencies?”


ISMAEL DELGADO – Member, Village Council


“Well we have to co-operate get the car and the injured person and take them to the police station, hospital or call the police.”


The public have been receptive about the meet and greet program, according to Tillett.

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