Forgive me for not knowing who Mr Campbell is or where his article was published (if it was).
He has hit the nail right on the head in his analysis of what is wrong. my own community, Monkey River has seen exactly the same issues, and the rotation of policemen IS the reason.
You are right, Mr Campbell, the fault DOES lie in Belmopan. The whole organisation is wrong and we are all paying the price. The prime minister is right in saying crime has reached crisis point. so what is he going to do about it?
I would be very interested in hearing Mr Campbell's views on this.
It seems to me we cannot solve this from within. Whatever the reasons, whoever is at fault, we have ended up with a poor quality police force some of whom can barely even read and write. There are too many stories of corrupt police, criminal police, complaints from the public unresolved, not to draw this conclusion of quality.
What to do? how about bringing in a heavyweight senior police officer with a couple of assistants from say Bermuda or one of the Caribbean countries with a mandate to conduct a root and branch reform of the service. Starting in the commissioner's office. no one is safe. Perform now or you're out.
Mr Campbell is right. Without public confidence no police force can work, and we will indeed see private guards etc increasingly.
We gave up our right as individuals to perusue those who act against us, and gave that responsibility to the state to defend us (to be paid for by our tax money) if the state fails to protect us which is the situation we have now, then the state cannot be surprised if people decide to take back that responsibility for themselves. We will return to the wild west and start hiring Wild Bill Hickocks again.