By Alexis R. Milan, Staff Reporter
Officers from the Belize Police Department, in collaboration with the Belize City Council, cleaned an abandoned lot at the corner of Jasmine Street and Poinsetta Lane on Friday as a service to the residents in that community.
Brent Hamilton, community policing commander for Precinct Two, explained that this was not the first time the department has undertaken such an effort. According to Hamilton, the community policing unit regularly visits different communities to observe the needs of residents.
Hamilton said in this case it became clear that residents in the area needed the abandoned lot and structure to be cleared as residents have complained that people use the lot to store all sorts of illicit substances and dump garbage and toxic waste there as well.
Hamilton said the police approached the Belize City Council for help with the initiative and they were willing to provide assistance to clean up the property.
According to Hamilton, the community policing unit tries to do a clean-up campaign in different neighborhoods once a month. Hamilton said they will institute measures to try to discourage people from littering the lot again. Those deterrents include surveillance to pinpoint the perpetrators who litter the lot or hide drugs, and to track the owner of the property to find out what their are intentions for the property.