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Apr 6, 2017

Tips for a Safe and Happy Easter

Noel Leal

Belizeans across the country are gearing up for the annual Easter vacation and final preparations are being made for travel to various destinations on land and at sea.  To ensure the greatest public safety, law enforcement agencies, including the Belize Police Department, the National Coast Guard and the Belize Ports Authority, are putting together a coordinated effort to keep watch over travelers.

 

ACP Noel Leal, Commander of Operations

“The Belize Police Department in very special times like these, and these include the Christmas, includes the September Celebrations, includes the many festivities and activities all over the country all year round, we try to ensure that as much effort is being placed into ensuring that safety and all the necessary precautions are taken during these time.  So we’ve put out operational orders on a very, very continuous basis and the Easter Season is different.  We know that people will be traveling to the cayes, to the districts, probably out of the country and want to ensure that they do it in the safest fashion possible.  Our mandate or our objective is to maintain law and order but also to protect and preserve life and property.”

 

Shirlett Martinez

Shirlett Martinez, Operations Mgr., Belize Ports Authority

“The Port Authority, for this holiday, will be working closely with the Belize Coast Guard.  We’ll be working with the Tourism Police Unit and the Eastern Division Rural police department.  For the Easter holiday we will be looking specifically at areas to ensure that your life is safe when you’re on the waterways.  Particularly, we’ll be having people at the water taxis and we are asking for water taxi operators to adhere to the rules in terms of ensuring that everybody has a life jacket, ensuring that the vessels are not overloaded.  So from that angle we’ll have people in Caye Caulker, we’ll have people in San Pedro and at water taxi terminals in Belize City.”

 

Joel Smith

Lt. Joel Smith, Belize National Coast Guard

“The key spots for us during the Easter is San Pedro, Caye Caulker and Placencia.  We also have a twenty-four hours line that is monitored and that number is 222-5260 or 222-5262 where we have a standby at four and a half miles on the George Price Highway that is ready to react to anything that occurs within the harbor.”

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