Belize Police Mobilize for Weekend Events, Ensuring Safety During J’ouvert and Carnival
This weekend, the Belize Police Department will be out in full force to ensure law and order is maintained. The department has brought in additional forces and will be focused on policing the many events in Belize City. The police have established a plan to ensure people taking part in the J’ouvert and the carnival road march remain safe and free of injury. The cops have set in place several measures geared at keeping peace and preventing violence. Senior Superintendent of Police Calbert Flowers, the Commander of Operations, explained the dos and don’ts and what folks can do to assist the police.
St.Supt. Colbert Flowers, Staff Officer ( Commander Operations ): “Belize City is one of our major concern. We believe that Belize City Police is properly staffed and equipped to police these major functions. However, notwithstanding that we are bringing in additional support from the headquarters in Belmopan as well as additional personnel from the different operational units within the Police Department from Belmopan City. We have planned and we have various strategies in place to police this event, starting of course with the Carnival Jouvert. And we are asking the citizens of Belize, especially Belize City and those visiting, to cooperate with us and have some patience, be patient with us and cooperate with the police officers. We need your help as well to keep everyone safe. Like I said, the safety of the citizens is our main goal, our main objective for this September celebration, especially this weekend. We will be rolling out our road policing unit across the country. So again, we ask drivers and users of the road to be extremely cautious as we’ll be having different checkpoints and highway patrols on the different highways.”
Flowers further explained that persons with licensed firearms are reminded of their obligations and stated that the police will be out enforcing traffic rules as well.
St.Supt. Colbert Flowers, Staff Officer ( Commander Operations ): “We ask, especially for the Carnival and the Jouvert, that owners of motor vehicles be really mindful of where they are parking. Because parking of vehicle is a big obstruction to us. We have our police tow truck that will be in the city, in Belize City in particular and it will be driving the road and any vehicle obstructing the free flow of traffic will be towed away and the payment will be on the responsibility of the owner. So we ask again for the owners of motor vehicles to work along with us. As it relates to the Carnival Jouvert we ask that we do not loiter, we do not hang out on these bridges. We’ll have police officers along the route as well as the different operational units in different areas of responsibility and they will be tasked to target people who are loitering, people doing public drinking, especially in pint bottles. We ask that we refrain from drinking our beverages in pint bottles. We ask that we use plastic cups. So again, our police officers will be alert and we’ll be looking for these things. We’ll have large crowds of people gathering. We know that we have people out there with licensed firearm. We ask that we do not carry these firearms in these crowd. It is prohibited for licensed firearm holders to have their firearms in them at these major activities that will be having a lot of crowd. Again, it is prohibited to have your license firearm with you while you are consuming alcohol. It is an offense to be under the influence whilst in possession of your firearm. Police officers will be on alert and we’ll be looking for things like these.”
The Carnival starts tomorrow at midday from Caesar Ridge Road, Belize City.