The department also presented an update on its Operation ACT, which stands for Addressing Crime Together. The operation was launched on October 27 to combat the rising gun violence in Belize City with a special focus on the Southside. Operations Commander ACP Edward Broaster gave an update on the department’s successes so far.
ACP. Edward Broaster, Operations Commander
“Since its inception we’d like to report that during operation ACT we confiscated some 44,466.5 grams of cannabis along with some 5,073.5 grams of cocaine, 16 firearms and we had three arrests for firearms and for each firearm we confiscate off the street we would presume that we save a life minimum- as well as conducting over 20,000 citizen security checks throughout the Belize district. We also confiscated some 226 various rounds of ammunition within the city.”
Commissioner of Police Allen Whylie adds that Operation ACT will continue into the year.
Allen Whylie, Commissioner of Police
“ACT will continue into the new year. It won’t be indefinite because it’s high intensity in terms of human resources as well as the financial cost. I won’t say when it will be finished because I don’t want to tip the criminals but I can assure you that it will continue into 2018 and we will continue to review as we go along.”
The operation is conducted with various units of the department including the anti-narcotics unit, Gang Suppression Unit, Special Patrol Unit, Special Branch, Joint Intelligence Coordinating Center, Crimes Investigation Branch, Special Assignment Team, Mobile Interdiction Team and officers attached to the Eastern Division.