Corozal Police Dropped Ball in Missing Person Investigation?
According to Menzies, the Jasmine Alert program is not as effective as intended. While anyone under eighteen years of age falls within the program, the police should immediately start investigations into a missing person report when it is filed. In that respect, Menzies asserts that the Corozal Police Department dropped the ball.
“The problem is that when the uncle went to the police station in Corozal to report it, the police said we need the mother to come. And all of this is setbacks that were occurring. The mother finally was able to get there and did a report about two three four o’clock in the morning, Saturday morning, and then the police told them in the end—according to them—the police said there is nothing that we can do. So they finally went on the web, found the Jasmine Alert and once they found the Jasmine Alert, they contacted us and we were able to start to work on the case. Got the Amber Alert Director on the phone on Sunday morning; their office is awesome…ready to support and work with us. And so that’s what occurred on Sunday and also I got a hold of the actual director of the police department for Chetumal; he is also involved. As far as our side is concerned, our police in Corozal had actually dropped the ball. Too many police officers are completely lost and don’t know what Jasmine Alert is and don’t even know how to work the program. This is a real program in Belize, across the country. And this issue…I pray to God that this child is safe and if not, the truth is that a great part of the responsibility falls on the police department in Corozal.”