Enhancing law enforcement in belize

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Belize is a beautiful nation; still developing and richly blessed but scarred by violence and crime. According to the “Belize 2013 Crime and Safety Report” on the official website of the United States Department of State, Bureau of Diplomatic Security –OSAC, “violent crime has risen steadily over the past several years in Belize” (2013). Last month, The United Nations Office of Drug and Crime (UNODC) released a report on their official website titled “Global Study on Homicide” This report ranks Belize as the third most murderous nation in the world (UNODC, 2014). “CNN Travel” (2012) rates Belize City, Belize as the tenth most hated city in the world. Crime and violence: ranging from murders, to robbery, rape, traffic crimes, domestic violence, human smuggling and trafficking, cybercrime, drug trade, money laundering, and organized gang activities are very common in Belize and remain significant criminal problems. This is the result of a number of combined factors such as the lack of education, poverty and ultimately the “unequipped” or “inadequately-resourced” conditions of the executive arm of the government. The current “state” of the law enforcement agencies in Belize: the Belize Police Department, the Belize Defense Force and the Belize Immigration and Nationality Services is “heart-breaking”. It is apparent that the law enforcement agencies are ill-prepared to efficiently tackle violence and crime in the nation. One of the critical issues with the enforcement of the law in Belize is isolation - from technology, research, advice and collaboration with other sectors of the executive and the judiciary. The impeded and resisted absolute incorporation of computer and information systems into law enforcement has promoted this isol... ... middle of paper ... ...to curb the level of crime and violence in Belize. Works Cited Police Executive Research Forum (2013). Compstat: Origins, Evolution, and Future in Law Enforcement Agencies. Retrieved from http://www.policeforum.org/assets/docs/Free_Online_Documents/Compstat/compstat%20-%20its%20origins%20evolution%20and%20future%20in%20law%20enforcement%20agencies%202013.pdf Rane, J. (2012, June 11). World's 10 most hated cities | CNN Travel. Retrieved May 20, 2014, from http://travel.cnn.com/explorations/life/most-hated-cities-861160 The United Nations Office of Drug and Crime-UNODC (2014). Global Study on Homicide. Retrieved from http://www.unodc.org/documents/gsh/pdfs/Chapter_1.pdf The United States Department of State, Bureau of Diplomatic Security–OSAC (2013). Belize 2013 Crime and Safety Report. Retrieved from https://www.osac.gov/pages/ContentReportDetails.aspx?cid=14034

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