This is not the first time that the Special Assignment Team, SAT, has come under heavy scrutiny. Members of the public, especially those in Southside Belize City, have made allegations against members of the SAT including harassment and police brutality. The functions and purpose of the SAT was explained by Officer in charge of the Central Region, ACP Dezerie Philips Magdaleno.
ASP Desiree Phillips, Belize Police Department
“Each division, each formation has an operational arm within the division and upon the reconfiguration of Eastern Division, the operational teams were referred to as strike teams as you all know. It is basically a configuration of the strike team that was renamed Special Assignment Team with the similar function of conducting operations within the division that it is assigned to which is for the south division.”
The Special Assignment Team also conducts operations, acting on tips given by the public.