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The United States Government donated a new fleet of vehicles to the Police Department this morning. The Commissioner of Police Allen Whylie and his district commanders gathered at the ITVET compound in Belize City where the new wheels valued at over U.S$830,000 were on display. Speaking at the handing over ceremony, U.S. Ambassador Carlos Moreno said that the donation is part of his Government’s commitment to the nation’s domestic security.

Screen_Shot_2016-12-01_at_7.59.57_PMAmbassador Carlos Moreno – United States Of America To Belize

“Now this is a reflection of the strong partnership between Belize and the United States and we share so many, many common goals, values, people together.  Our priority is here in Belize are and have always been increasing citizen security which is in the rule of law, enhancing economic prosperity and promoting good governance, this particular transfer really involves citizen security and in my view although these are separate goals in another sense they are really interconnected.  As of 2008, the United States has committed over 40 million dollars in programming and equipment and training to Belize to the CARSI program and these projects work to support law enforcement institutions to respond effectively to crime, they are also directed towards the justice sector.”

The Ambassador remarked that the new vehicles are like no other – this is because they have features including cameras and built in GPS tracking. While Moreno said it will help to monitor the use of the vehicles, he stressed that the Department will have to do proper maintenance.

Ambassador Carlos Moreno – United States Of America To Belize

“These vehicles are equipped with GPS real time tracking communication system and dashboards cameras that it will make sure will have an opportunity to see some of those lights flashing like I saw yesterday. Let me say one thing about the GPS real time tracking and you’ll notice that these vehicles has been assigned to particular sectors, I think that the police department has found that to have these vehicles assigned for a particular purpose and a particular territory is much more efficient, the tracking systems will also will be able to track those vehicles to where they are going if they are going out of the sector or not to minimize misuse which is a form of theft and god forbid if one of these are stolen I can’t imagine being taken across the border with that kinds of labeling on it but it will be able to track where these vehicles are at any given moment and time.  So, I echo Commissioner Willey’s invocation of maintenance and as to these vehicles I would say three things bear in mind; maintenance, maintenance, maintenance, this is not just the transfer of money and assets it is really an investment in citizens security for the country of Belize, so whether you talking about community policing or field officer training or forensics and all of that things that really involves the justice sector I those things have to be more in mind, we awarded an addition to what we call heart money or the traditional law enforcement type things, we’ve invested over 7 million dollars in CARSI related programs towards combating the roots of crime, working with the great program and leadership programs, entrepreneurial programs on at risk youths so we have to have a broad perspective when it comes to how we improve citizens security in Belize.”

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