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New fleet of police trucks for southside Belize City

By Michelle Sutherland

The Government of Belize, through the Ministry of Home Affairs, on Monday, donated 15 new Great Wall Wingle pickup trucks to the Belize Police Department mainly to assist in crime fighting efforts in major hot-spot areas in Belize City.

The trucks will be used by various units in Belize City’s south side under the recently launched Addressing Crime Together (ACT) initiative. One truck will be dispatched to southern Belize. The new trucks will assist with operational capabilities, increased response times and boost the visibility of patrols in all major hotspots.

The fleet of vehicles, which includes ten gasoline engines and five diesel engines, were purchased from Caribbean Motors Ltd. at an approximate cost of $610,000 by GOB to be paid over a six-month period. The trucks were retrofitted with police lights, stickers, and PA system.

Government of Belize purchase fifteen new vehicles for the Belize Police Department.

Government of Belize purchase fifteen new vehicles for the Belize Police Department.

At the handing over ceremony, Minister of Police Elodio Aragon said that apart from providing the police department with equipment needed to get their job done, the department is looking at a strategic plan to determine what needs to be done in terms of moving the police department forward and empowering its force.

Aragon also confirmed that the department is currently drafting an anti-gang legislation as well as an Anonymity Act, which will encourage eyewitnesses to have more confidence in providing statements to the police and being able to testify in court.

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