By Benjamin Flowers, Staff Reporter
The Princess Casino donated over $13,000 worth of equipment to the Belize Police Department this week.
The casino’s representative presented the equipment: 10 cell phones and 10 tablet-cellphone hybrids, at the Princess Ramada Belize City on Thursday afternoon. The donation is valued at $13,500.
Necip Karayusuf, general coordinator of the Princess Group in Central America, said the donation is a part of an ongoing partnership with the police department.
Officer Commanding Eastern Division Rural, Senior Superintendent Edward Broaster explained the equipment will be used to set up their “RED ICE” network, which will enable greater communication and collaboration for the Rural Eastern Division.
“It will enable us to communicate right across the Rural Eastern Division without any hindrance. Everybody will be able to get information in real time and rapidly as it’s needed,” Broaster said.
The hybrids will be mounted on mobiles, while selected officers will receive the phones. The equipment will be distributed to formations in Maskall village, Mahogany Heights, Hattieville, the sub-station at the Mile 8 community on the George Price highway, Ladyville and Sand Hill.
Broaster added that the Department has engaged Belize Telemedia Limited (BTL) to discuss service for the devices. He also said the RED ICE network is a part of several initiatives the police will launch this year.