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May 11, 2016

FIU Signs Memorandum of Understanding with Police Department

Joy Grant

In Belmopan today, a memorandum of Understanding was signed by the Director of the Financial Intelligence Unit Ambassador Joy Grant and the Commissioner of Police Allen Whylie.  The M.O.U. provides the basis for further cooperation between the parties in respect of money laundering and terrorism activities.

 

Joy Grant, Director, FIU

“This morning is an important day because it is very evident to everyone that anti-money laundering and financing of terrorism is an issue that is everyday in the news. We at the FIU have a role to coordinate with the bodies on the ground, who are working on these issues and we cannot and could never succeed without working hand in hand with the police department. The Commissioner personally has been very involved and very helpful to us at FIU and he sits on the Anti Money Laundering Committee which is the highest body in the country, which reports to the Prime Minister. So today is to tell the Belizean people that we are going to be working even more closely going forward and this MOU outlines where the cooperative actions will happen. And as I see it Commissioner, this is the beginning of what will be a much more cordial and important relationship going forward.”

 

Allen Whylie

Allen Whylie, Commissioner of Police

“We’ve had a cordial, professional relationship. I am certain that by us formalizing this MOU today, we will see that relationship become far more robust and we will definitely be seeing the increase in terms of cooperation between the FIU and the Belize Police Department. Indeed the issue of money laundering is of a serious concern to all law enforcement, especially the Belize Police Department and the FIU. And I am certain that by formalizing this agreement, we will find additional areas to cooperate and work together, all in an effort to ensure our laws are obeyed and to deal with the criminal elements that we believe are involved in these sort of activities.”

 

This is the second of several M.O.U.s that are being negotiated between various stakeholders within the Government of Belize and the F.I.U.

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