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Apr 11, 2018

Cops Have All the Laws on the Books

Equipping the Belize Police Department with current law books is equally as important as providing officers with handcuffs and service weapons.  In fact, the fight against crime requires that all personnel be familiar with the laws of Belize.  This afternoon, Attorney General Michael Peyrefitte handed over a volume of fifteen printed books containing the most up-to-date pieces of legislation in the country.  The contribution, worth five thousand dollars, succeeds a request made by Senior Superintendent Howell Gillett to the A.G.’s ministry.


Michael Peyrefitte

Michael Peyrefitte, Attorney General

“Senior Superintendent Gillett, he defines what it means, “the squeaky wheel gets the grease.”  When he was in Belmopan he was behind me aggressively for a set of law books and we provided him with one and the opportunity to get the most updated Laws of Belize in printed form.  So you don’t have to worry about internet connection or anything like that.  If you want to research what the current law is to the day, you can just simply go to those books and you can research the laws.  Shortly after that, unfortunately for us, Mr. Gillett got transferred to Belize City and I was hoping he would have brought those laws to Belize City but he said no, he needs to beg for another set.  So we had to relent because it’s important.  It’s interesting and refreshing that you have a police division commander who is requesting the law, to be current with the law.  So what we have here today is another donation worth about five thousand dollars and then we have provided him with the bounded one, the pretty one in the green binders, up to 2011.  And by the end of the week, they should have the other ones that are bounded that are not in this form yet, but we will get from Print Belize, as well, of course, with the anti-gang legislations that were just passed, the Firearms Act, the Crime Control and Criminal Justice Act and the Witness Protection Act.  So that is what we are doing today, so that the Eastern Division can have the laws as they exist to the minute in the country.”

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1 Response for “Cops Have All the Laws on the Books”

  1. Tony says:

    Guys nice idea, but the police should already know what they are arresting and charging someone with before they engage with the person. This will not solve the problem, so the police are to capture someone take them in to the jail and then go look up what they are going to charge them with? Can we invest in the officers and provide them with relevant training specific to their jobs.

    Annual and quarterly training sessions provided by senior or retired officers
    Train officers on common arrest practices, laws, and charges
    Role-play arrests and common charges in a class setting
    Print and laminate a common arrest book and require officers to carry them so they don’t have to go to a building and look up laws.

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