Taiwan donates $100,000 to Police for equipment

By Marion Ali, Assistant Editor

The officers of the Belize Police Department will soon be better outfitted to carry out their work more effectively through a donation of $100,000 from Taiwan. The donation was made during a signing ceremony on Thursday at the Raccoon Street Police Station for a technical cooperation agreement between Taiwan and Belize.

The money will be invested in communication equipment, mainly on the Department’s 911 system and to purchase radios for officers on patrol.

Taiwanese Ambassador, Charles Liu shared that before he joined the foreign service in Taiwan he served as a police officer for seven years, and he understands the challenges the Belize Police Department faces.

“The Government of Belize and the Government of Taiwan understands the importance of enhancing police capabilities in preventing transnational crimes and we wish to strengthen cooperation between the law enforcement authorities of Belize and Taiwan,” Ambassador Liu remarked. “In the future, Taiwan and Belize will see cooperation in training programs and sharing of information in areas of law enforcement and crime prevention,” he announced.

Minister of State with responsibility for police, Elodio Aragon Jr. said the donation is significant because police communication is one of the most important parts of policing. “You can be on the ground, but being able to relay that information to the Police Department is of critical importance,” Aragon said. “This will complement the other technologies we are incorporating at the Belize Police Department,” he added.

Signing the agreement on behalf of Belize was Foreign Minister, Wilfred Elrington, in the presence of Minister of Police, Elodio Aragon.

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