By Alexis R. Milan, Staff Reporter
The Ministry of National Security, in collaboration with the National Institute of Culture and History (NICH) and the Ministry of Tourism, has inaugurated a new conservation post for the Belize Defense Force (BDF) at the Caracol site where BDF soldier Danny Conorquie was killed last year.
Minister of National Security John Saldivar said the building of the base is timely and meant to provide increased security for the tourists and employees who visit and work at the site on a daily basis. Saldivar said the construction of the base was a little too late, considering Conorquie’s death, but added it was a step in the right direction.
Saldivar said the base will be a shared partnership between the BDF, police and tourism police. He said he was happy to see the collaborative effort.
At least 36 BDF soldiers will be attached to the conservation post, Saldivar said, adding that there will be shifts and shared duty with other officers. Saldivar also said the government will be constructing more posts along the border to ensure greater security for Belizeans along those areas spanning all the way down to the south.
Conorquie was killed while on duty at the Caracol site in September 2014, reportedly by Guatemalan bandits. Saldivar said the investigation into Conorquie’s murder is still at a standstill as both Guatemalan and Belizean authorities believe the perpetrators are long gone.
He also said an offer of compensation was made to the family but they rejected the government’s offer and opted to take the matter up in court.