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Feb 3, 2016

Ministry of Tourism Donates Vehicles to Ministry of National Security

Crime has been affecting Belize as a tourism destination. The Ministry of Tourism is hoping to undo any fear of crime that would dissuade potential visitors to the Jewel. This morning, the ministry handed over three vehicles to National Security for use in hotspots in the City and the Cayo District to provide safety and security to visitors.  The handing-over took place at the headquarters of Eastern Division North, on Queen Street. News Five’s Duane Moody reports. 

 

Duane Moody, Reporting

A two-hundred-thousand-dollar donation in the form of three new pickup trucks was today handed over to the Police Department courtesy of the Ministry of Tourism. The trucks join the fleet of the Tourism Police Unit and will be distributed between Belize City and San Ignacio; which are areas considered to be hotspots for criminal activities.

 

John Saldivar

John Saldivar, Minister of National Security

“We’ve been in long negotiations and discussions with the Belize Tourism Unit, with the Belize Tourism Board to try to get these vehicles for the tourism unit. As you know, tourism is our main foreign exchange earner; it’s our biggest industry in the country and we place great importance in keeping that product intact. And so today’s donation of vehicles is going to go a long way in helping the police tourism unit in doing its job, carrying out its mandate across all the tourism destinations in Belize.”

 

Allen Whylie

Allen Whylie, Commissioner of Police

“One will be assigned to the Tourism Village to do the police patrols in that area; another will be assigned to do rural patrols in various tourism areas countrywide and the other will be assigned to San Ignacio to assist with the Caracol deployment as well as the spot checks within that area.”

 

The tourism industry provides twenty-five percent of the GDP in Belize and is a critical industry. The vehicles will be used to beef up police work in securing areas where visitors venture.

 

Manuel Heredia

Manuel Heredia, Minister of Tourism

“The Ministry of Tourism and B.T.B. and myself feel that we need to do out share also. It is not about collecting taxes and squander it around. I believe that we are supposed to use it properly and for this reason, every now and again, you will see that the Belize Tourism Board will be assisting the police in making sure that they have the proper tools to be able to safeguard the interests of our residents and of our tourists. Definitely, I believe that almost any amount, whoever donates will never be enough because Belize is growing. All around the neighborhoods, you find our country being plagued with different crimes and some of those infiltrate into our beautiful Belize. So all the time we have to be more and more cautious, more and more willing to do our share and finding the resources. Not long ago at the second building of the B.T.B., we handed over five motorcycles also and not only for Belize City. We have done so, I think a few months ago, a fleet was donated to the San Pedro police station and likewise Caye Caulker.”

 

Duane Moody for News Five.

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1 Response for “Ministry of Tourism Donates Vehicles to Ministry of National Security”

  1. Hatari says:

    Wonder how long these latest new trucks will last? Hope the media checks back on this in about 6 months. Bumpers will be torn off, tail lights smashed, dents & scrapes all over, and trashed on the inside. What needs to be beefed up is SUPERVISION of the troops. Accountability for the equipment that is donated. Packing the trucks with poorly trained officers and having them drive around listening to music and playing with their cell phones is not the way to combat our out-of-control crime situation.

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