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Officials meet to address increased shootings on La Isla Bonita

An increase in shootings on San Pedro, Ambergris Caye prompted officials from the Belize Police Department, and the Ministry of Home Affairs and politicians to meet and re-strategize their plan of action for the island.  That plan of action includes the re-strategizing the distribution of police officers on the island for an increased police presence and quicker responses. These officers will also be equipped with additional resources, including tech devices, to improve police response time. The strategy will also encourage community members to help in fighting crime. The Police Department will embark on a comprehensive public awareness campaign geared at fostering and building a stronger relationship. It was also agreed that water taxis operating to and from San Pedro Town will need to present a boat passenger manifest at all port of entries for the next three months.  Present at the meeting were the Minister of Tourism & Civil Aviation, Manuel Heredia Jr., San Pedro Town Mayor Daniel Guerrero and his deputy, Councilor Gabriel Nunez Sr., Chief Executive Officer in the Ministry of Home Affairs, Retired Lieutenant Colonel George Lovell, Commissioner of Police, Allen Whylie, Operations Commander, Assistant Commissioner of Police Edward Broaster, and the Officer Commanding the Coastal Executive Unit Superintendent of Police Henry Jemmott.