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Nov 6, 2017

Police Legal Advisor Embarks on Information Campaign

Bart Jones

While the public continues to ask questions, a countrywide education campaign is being held within the Belize Police Department to inform officers of the new law and its parameters.  According to attorney Bart Jones, himself a career police officer, it is necessary to teach his colleagues about the law and its regulations, despite their individual points of view on the issue.

 

Sr. Supt. Bart Jones, Police Legal Advisor

“To be honest, I have not covered the entire country in relation to the police formations and units.  I am left with the south and the precincts on south side Belize City.  However, like the country, you would imagine that there are mixed views on the part of police officers in relation to this issue, as we are drawn from the public, you would expect that equally there would be mixed views.  So there are views on both sides as it relates to the amendments from police officers, that’s what we are in fact getting.  Where the ticket and the warning comes about is where the person is found in possession of up to ten grams at an educational institution.  Basically what happens is that the possession has not been decriminalized in terms of educational institutions, it’s just that the penalties have been lessened.  In the first instance one will get a warning and in subsequent instances there is the violation ticket.  Then the failure to pay the ticket would result in the case going to court as follows.  What does that mean?  That means then that persons who are found with up to ten grams of marijuana at an educational institution, the police will certainly have to detain that person, taken to the station, the substance is weighed and is processed just as we did prior to this act because if the persons fail to pay the ticket then we will have to have some evidence that in fact this person was found with ten grams of marijuana or whatever amount it was.”

 

Senior Superintendent Bart Jones has joined the Media Relations Unit of the police department.

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