US Embassy Donates Equipment to Belize’s JIOC to Combat Transnational Crime

US Embassy Donates Equipment to Belize’s JIOC to Combat Transnational Crime

The US Government continues to work with Belizean law enforcement to tackle transnational crime in the region and stop the flow of drugs into North America. Yesterday, via funding from the US State Department, the US Embassy handed over a range of equipment to the Joint Intelligence and Operations Center (JIOC). The donation seeks to bolster the center’s ability to intercept drug smugglers, tackle cybercrime, cut expenses, and gather intelligence. US Ambassador to Belize, Michelle Kwan, spoke on the importance of strengthening Belize’s ability to fight regional security threats that impact both nations. 

JIOC’s Director, Lieutenant Commander Freddie Ku, underscored the significance of the partnership and how the inter-agency efforts increase JIOC’s effectiveness and efficiency.

JIOC comprises members of the Belize Defense Force, the Belize Coast Guard, the Belize Police Department, the Customs Department, and the Immigration Department.

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