The Belize Police Department today received one million dollars from the Government of the Republic of China (Taiwan) that will go towards financing security operations in the department, specifically as it pertains to equipment. The Police high command says that the donation complements the department’s crime strategy that was unveiled recently. That strategy targets gangs, guns, legislation, and improvement of the various departments of the department. The donation was made by Ambassador Charles Liu, Taiwan Ambassador to Belize. It was received by Commissioner of Police Allen Whylie and Minister of State for Home Affairs, Elodio Aragon Jr.
Allen Whylie – Commissioner of Police
“Additional motorcycle which will be deployed across the entire country of Belize and we should be seeing also where cycles are deployed to each Police substation. That should increase our visibility as well as our response time as well as our ability to respond to call for assistance .We also intend to put a number of those cycles again in all the districts at the prosecution branch where that will allow the process servers to be able to serve the different process, warrants etc. execution to ensure that in terms of the prosecution side they are less cases being struck out because witnesses are not being summoned and so I’m certain that those cycles will assist us. We are also going to acquire a number of drones which again will be deployed whenever we are do anti-crime operation because drones as part of the US, the department embracing technology drones can provide us wide coverage in terms of when we’re operating.”
Elodio Aragon Jr. – Minister of State for Home Affairs
“This one million dollars could not have come at a better time to support us in getting these things on the way and ensuring that we are better equipped to deal with the situation on the ground.”
Ambassador Charles Liu – Taiwan Ambassador to Belize
“I am really really sure and I also give my best wishes to my police brothers and sisters to make good use for this equipment so we can make the Belize a better and a safer place to lead, to prosper; so you all have my best wishes.”
Other equipment that will be purchased includes handcuffs, bulletproof vests, and others that the Commissioner said would not be readily disclosed.