The Belize Police Department received a hundred thousand dollars from the Republic of China (Taiwan). The Commissioner of Police sent a proposal to Taipei, Republic of China which amounted to over two hundred and fifty-thousand-dollars to purchase two buses. A thirty-three-seater Coaster bus which will be purchased from Belize Diesel and Equipment Company Limited to facilitate officers who live out of Belize City. A partial amount was given today to the Department to commence their project. The buses are to cater to officers working the late-night shifts who live out district. Commissioner of Police, Chester Williams stated that the officers will be charged a small fee for the bus ride.
Chester Williams, Commissioner of Police: “Within a week of taking office I had met with the Ambassador of the Republic Of China Taiwan and asked him about ways as to how he can through his embassy provide the police with two buses to be able to ferry our officers who work in Belize City but live in the north and west. A month ago we submitted the proposal and within a week time I was notified that the proposal was approved for one by the end of this year and the other early next year. Yes we know that the government does provide our officers with housing allowances to assist them in renting where they work but some of them chose to live out district for good reasons at time and so it is very disheartening for me to have to see my officers hitchhiking at night time trying to get home and so this was very very important for me to get for them. This should be able to eliminate the police officers on the streets at night flagging down any vehicle that is coming their way to try to get home. We will have transportation that will be dedicated to getting our officers home safe at night and that for me is a good moral booster for our officers.”
The first bus will be in the country by the end of December. The second bus will be granted to the Police Department in 2020.