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Apr 1, 2015

Safety Remains a Major Concern for Cross Country Riders and Spectators

Suzette Anderson

The annual cross country cycling classic is set for Holy Saturday. Normally, the event attracts thousands of Belizeans, who either line the highway or come to the city for the finale. The race ends at the B.T.L. Park on Princess Margaret Drive where Belizeans will be converging.   Superintendent Anderson says that in her jurisdiction, additional resources will be in place to ensure that spectators are safe along the route. 

 

Supt. Suzette Anderson, O.C., Precinct 3, Belize City Police

“We have additional support that should be coming in for Saturday, which is normally the annual cross country cycling race and you know that the police department plays a major role in policing that event. As well, whilst the police concentrates on policing the event on the highway and the respective streets where the cyclists will be passing and to the end of the race, we have police officers placed in strategic areas within the city to patrol to minimize other crimes from occurring while that event is underway. Along with that cross country race detail, we have an amount of officers who are detailed along the line of the race all up to where the race will be culminating and there will be officers in large numbers there to deal with the crowd control as it relates to that particular race and like what I expressed earlier, there will be officers who will be separately engaged from the cross country race who will be doing their routine patrols. And they will placed in strategic locations so that there is safety in terms of people who may be walking away from their homes to go to the location where the race is culminating to prevent any incidents to occur to them.”

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