Thursday, April 7, 2011

COMMENTARY: CHANGING THE GUARD

I was so happy to read about the GOBs' decision to hire from outside to get or at least start getting a grip on the terror that has been unleashed on the Belizean people. Bringing in an outsider with experience and not indebted to any group, who can clean up the corruption within the police department without caring whose feelings get hurt, whose only job is to have a department that is doing it's job of fighting crime and protecting the innocent, without any political interference, would be a very good start. Of course this person will have to have free rein to clear out the debris that is in the police department, have accountability and be accountable. Someone asked if there would not be resentment from within, tough cucarachas, deal with it or get out. 33 murders so far before Easter, I don't care if they brought someone in from Mars as long as he or she gets the job done.

My second sign of hope is the Preventative Detention Program that has been suggested. Tough times call for tough measures and at least the GOB is trying to find ways to curtail if not control the rampant aggression that is quickly becoming a way of life. To me any political criticism of these measures would be a dereliction of duty to the Belizean people, and unless you can come up with a better idea, shut up!!! This is the time when everybody has to get together to find ways to make the streets safer for our children. The Trial by Judge alone in the case of gang related murders is also a sign that the needs and fears of the people are starting to be addressed. Of course mistakes will be made, but it is till a good start in trying to bring back sanity to the streets.

Finally, I was very proud of the Chinese community in their spontaneous show of outrage against the violence that is affecting them, and also for their refusal to politicize their grief. We should all take a good look at the way they handled the situation and stop whining and start demanding better protection. We are not a colony anymore, we have to learn to fend for ourselves and stop waiting to be taken care of.

Commentary by pele


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15 comments:

Jennifer Usher said...

I agree 100%, maybe when things get better in Belize more people will come home to visit, including me.

Thank you....a good commentary.

Jen

Earl said...

It's seem at this moment that only a higher power can help Belize cause the gov't is too corrupt; they have failed us completely.

Earl

Anonymous said...

Sad day for Belize, no one in the country is qualified or don't want the job.

Corruption has destroyed Belize!!

Helen said...

Yesterday I heard that GOB will sign a one year contract with the new COMPOL; The condition of the country right now, how will a one year contract help the situation. The man/woman will need more than a year to get crime under raps.

Good luck to us!!

Helen

Anonymous said...

I would have preferred if this article was called Changing the Government...because that is exactly what we Belizeans must do in order to have better. In countless ways, the incompetence of the UDP has further plunged this country and failed the people . The UDP, I am convinced, is a default setting...and it's time for an upgrade. Nothing gets better under these fools.

Anonymous said...

I was so happy to read about the GOB?s decision to hire from outside to get or at least start getting a grip on the terror that has been unleashed on the Belizean people. Bringing in an outsider with experience and not indebted to any group, who can clean up the corruption within the police
department without caring whose feelings get hurt, whose only job is to have a department that is doing

Pam said...

This is the best thing they are doing to try to wipe out corruption from Belize. Its such a shame that our beautiful country where we grew up without fear to have come to this.

I applaud whatever form it takes to clean it up to where it once was. we better Belize it!

Pam......

Dianne Finnegan said...

Linda I will tell you what was my opinion when to me, it felt like the police department was filled with individuals whom are disrespectful, violent and lack of morals; I said get rid of all of them and bring in some foreign cops to run the department.

How do I feel and think now? I think some serious changes needs to be brought to the police department.

Curt Sanchez said...

If you dont look at people as outsiders, but inside the HUMAN RACE then hell yes...GOD said we are one people..so if you are operating from a GOD like mentality you can move mountains..if you are on the DIVIDE & CONQUER trip...well then DIVISION is going to cause petty rivalries & jelousies.

Anonymous said...

Not only COMPOL, but in my opinion Singh should be next. You can't have a new ringmaster with the same set of clowns. Waiting for Singh to disappear into the sunset!!

Lindy D Federation said...

Get a EX-GANG man to run it...u have Timothy Stamp who changed his life to do good for the community...America can't even control their own so they can't control Belize's crime

Norman Rodriguez said...

I always believe in giving my own Belizen people the chance first, but if this will curb the crime in Belize and restore law-and-order and restore respect for law and confidence in the police force, then I am willing to try it.

Our country is really suffering from crime. Some of our own leaders have encouraged corruption and crime in the police force. I have heard such atrocious stories of crime committed by security personnel; I am saddened by how any elected leader could have stood by and encouraged or allowed this to happen.

Frank Palacio said...

Let me begin by saying, thank you, Linda for the wonderful job you are doing with your attractive and informative website. You are providing a valuable public service to Belizeans, especially those who are living abroad. Your love for Belize is unparalleled and you deserve to be recognized.

Through this commentary, "changing the Guard" I learned about the serious crime problem that is affecting our beloved Belize. Thirty-three murders is completely unacceptable, and this problem has got to be addressed. Appointing someone to investigate the problem and bring the perpetrators to justice is a step in the right direction.

How can we hold our heads up high with pride and dignity at home or abroad while our fellow Belizeans are being senselessly slaughtered? We do not want to be known as a violent people or a violent country. I am going to continue to pray for an end to violence in my dear country of Belize and for peace to prevail from the robust Rio Hondo River in the North to the scenic Sarstoon River in the South and throughout every nook and cranny of this, the home of the Baymen, and of all our forefathers.

Thanks again Linda, for the inspirational job you are doing in entertaining, educating, and informing us about Belize. We know that Belize is capable of better and we are hoping that these problems that are affecting us are temporary and that much better days are ahead. May God Bless Belize!

Caleb said...

Ok so lets hear my plan, lets gather up anyone who WE think my be capable of murder and tie them up and execute them for the crime of murder before they actually act on their potential. Sounds extreme and illegal? That's because it is, just like Preventative Detention. Think about it, we are giving the government the power to lock us up at their discretion. Think about that the next time you call Clear the Land Castro and Asshole you might get locked up for a month!

Roy G. Young said...

Your Village View Post is objective and informative. I must commend you for the news service you are providing to Belizeans and the rest of the world.

Roy G. Young