New Police Station Inaugurated in Seine Bight Village
A new police station was inaugurated in Seine Bight Village, Stann Creek District. The Ministry of Home Affairs and the Belize Tourism Board collaborated on this project, and according to the Minister of Tourism, Anthony Mahler the safety of the Belizean citizens and guests are paramount.
Anthony Mahler, Minister of Tourism and Diaspora Relations: “We can look all across the globe for examples of how crime has decimated a tourism industry. One being Acapulco right there in Mexico with its high crime rate. Once Acapulco used to be the premier tourist destination before Cancun and all that. For Mexico, now it’s a ghost town. The morgues are filled with bodies and that type of crime is moving down into, you hear Cancun, now you have to be on the watch list for Cancun and Playa del Carmen and even to some extent Tulum. And so we in the Belize Tourism Board and the Ministry of Tourism and Diaspora Affairs understand that having a safe environment for all of us and for our guests is very, very crucial. And like the minister said, this is not the first investment that we have made in partnership with them. When we had an issue the other day out in San Pedro, we built quickly, you call it a substation, a substation in San Pedro. We have donated necessary equipment. We are proud.”
According to Police Commissioner, Chester Williams, there have been a few issues in the Placencia peninsula and the Seine bight area which they are working to address.
Chester Williams, Commissioner of Police:“Because of those issues, we came to the realization that the one sub-formation on the peninsula being the Placencia Police Sub-Formation was truly inadequate to effectively police the entire peninsula and so we saw the need to create another sub-formation in Seine Bight to be able to deal with issues from Seine Bight all the way to the Riversdale Junction. That came about very quickly. I communicated with my minister who was very willing to make sure that we get the ball rolling and putting things in place to make Seine Bight, Maya Beach and the other areas more safer. Now, there are many persons spreading propaganda out there about crime, but I can tell them the true stats and the true facts as to what the crime outlook of the country looks like. And while we see advertisements stating that the government promises to stop crime, in the Plan Belize agenda it didn’t say that government will stop crime, because no government could stop crime. But it simply says that the government is going to do what it can to reduce crime. And certainly under the leadership of Mr. Kareem Musa and this government there’s a lot that we have done and certainly crime is on a downward trend. Even on this peninsula we currently are we can say proudly that under the stewardship of Inspector Martinez we have seen a drastic reduction in major crime on this peninsula.”
Other speakers at the official opening were Minister of Home Affairs, Kareem Musa, and Area Representative of Stann Creek West, Hon. Rodwell Ferguson. The upgrade of the station was done as part of the BTB’s ongoing program to enhance security for locals and visitors on the Placencia Peninsula.