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Apr 5, 2017

More Cameras, No Guns, After Death of P.C. Marvin Locke at Racoon Street Police Station

Police Constable Marvin Locke was stabbed and killed by a civilian assailant just a few short steps away from where Minister of Police Elodio Aragon addressed a gaggle of reporters this morning.  The unfortunate incident took place at the Raccoon Street Police Station on March twenty-sixth, while PC Locke was preparing to sign off duty that Sunday evening.  While his attacker, forty-seven-year-old Marcial Toledo, has since been arraigned for murder and remanded to the Belize Central Prison, the Minister of Police touched on the issue of security at the busiest precinct in Belize City.  According to Aragon, a number of surveillance cameras have been installed in and around the compound; however, the department remains an unarmed agency.

 

Isani Cayetano

“Minister, you’re standing a few feet from where PC Marvin Locke was fatally injured a few weeks ago.  Now that we have you here, can you share with us your sentiments on that and of course whether there are going to be precautionary measures for officers here at Raccoon Street.”

 

Elodio Aragon Jr.

Elodio Aragon Jr., Minister of Police

“Well you know, of course, that incident, and first I must sympathize and my condolences to the family.  I know that has been expressed by the commissioner and the personnel from the Ministry of Home Affairs.  You know these are, how would I put it, unfortunate situations, you know.  I mean we lost one of our officers right in front of the police station.  Definitely we have been looking at different measures, I know we have had additional cameras installed from what I’ve been told and they are looking at measures to be whatever we can do to implement to avoid one of these things but we have to be real too, an incident like this, I don’t think if you had the best security would have avoided something like this because it wasn’t expected.  We did not know the situation at hand and it is an unfortunate incident. You have to understand that we are still an unarmed police department, you know.  This is not an armed police department.  Yes, officers have firearms et cetera, but to a large extent this police department is still an unarmed police department and definitely the situation is one that it is, I mean it is unpredictable fi seh that well wi mi know somebody would have come and did this.  It’s a difficult thing for us to have said we could have prevented it. We are a department that is here to serve the community, we are working for the community but we have to look after our officers and I will tell you right now, the officers that are here responsible are looking at measures to be looked at what is best for us to use and that will be decided upon, you know.”

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