The Orange Walk Tourism Police unit will be acquiring new trail bikes and hand held radios thanks to the Belize Tourism Board. This morning BTB officials including Minister of Tourism Manuel Heredia Jr presented the much needed tools and transport to the Tourism Police Unit (TPU). A total of five (5) Yamaha trail bikes and twenty eight (28) handheld radios were handed down. The purpose says Minister Heredia is to assist the TPU in carrying out its mandate, which is to enforce the tourism legislation and safeguard the tourism industry. The trailbikes are designated for the Tourism Police Formation in Hopkins Village, Orange Walk, Ambergris Caye, Cayo, and Belize City. Hopkins Village has popular sites nearby such as Mayflower Bocawina National Park and the Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary. The motorcycle will assist greatly in Orange Walk, as the TPU does not have any form of transportation at the moment. Northern Ambergris Caye is not easily accessible, therefore a trailbike will allow for the deployment of the TPU and rapid response capabilities. The Cayo district is a large stretch of land rich with diverse activities and ecotourism, therefore this trail bike is much needed. In Belize City, patrols are needed to ensure that only licensed operators are taking guests on tours and to increase police visibility to deter criminal activity in the Fort Street Tourism Zone.
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