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Apr 19, 2018

Cops Honored for Good Work

Three law enforcement officers were recognized for good work today. The trio is assigned to the Mahogany Heights Police Sub-Station and was successful in apprehending a robber who stole twenty-four-thousand dollars. They received a certificate each from the department and a token of appreciation from Muy’Ono, a management company that works with several big name properties in the south. News Five’s Andrea Polanco tells us more:

 

Andrea Polanco, Reporting

Three officers of the law were rewarded for their bravery and dedication on the job. Two Police officers and a Special Constable received certificate of recognition and a special gift from a member of the business community.  Police officials were on hand to recognize the officers who apprehended a robbery suspect and recovered some stolen cash.

 

Alden Dawson

Sr. Supt. Alden Dawson, Regional Commander, Rural Eastern Division

“The three officers who were involved in the apprehension of the fugitive are attached to the Mahogany Heights Police Sub Precinct. On the 6th of April, they were asked to intercept a vehicle that was travelling from Belmopan to Belize City. Inside that vehicle was supposed to be the suspect of the robbery that occurred in Belmopan. They quickly, with the little resources, mounted a check-point and the vehicle came to that checkpoint. The person on board was identified to be the suspect in the robbery and they were asked to alight the vehicle and during that time the person was searched and one person ran off and at that time he was pursued by an officer. An altercation occurred and that person was shot and apprehended and all handed over to Belmopan where he was charged with the crime of robbery.”

 

Bill Arana

The trio shared how they did it:

 

Special Constable Bill Arana

“The day we get the information from our corporal, the three of us got in a vehicle and do a checkpoint. We go information that one robber was coming Belmopan and heading towards Belize City. Three of us set up the checkpoint and wait for the vehicle but the color of the vehicle they gave us was a different color – the color of the vehicle was a gray van.”

 

Kenisha Ford

Police Constable Kenisha Ford

“As a police officer, what information you receive you must carry out to an extent and thanks to the training as the former GSU that I was, I knew the fellow and that is how we managed to apprehend the person.”

 

Police Constable Lincoln Alvarez

“We intercept it and ordered them to pull over and then we ordered them to come outside the vehicle where a search was conducted which resulted to the apprehension.”

 

Andrea Polanco

“Now, I believe, they tried to escape as well?”

 

Lincoln Alvarez

Police Constable Lincoln Alvarez

“Yes. One of them tried to escape and I set chase.”

 

Andrea Polanco

“And your quick action led to the detention?”

 

Police Constable Lincoln Alvarez

“Yes, of one Shane Harris.”

 

Muy’Ono Management Limited is rewarding these officers for their good work. Project Manager Reynaldo Malic explains why they are giving back.

 

Reynaldo Malic

Reynaldo Malic, Projects Manager, Muy’ ono Management Limited

“When we heard the deputy commissioner on the news last week talking about trying to get more incentives for his officers and given the circumstances surrounding this particular event where a business was the victim of the robbery, we felt that it was a perfect opportunity for us to step up to the plate. Because given the remote locations, we, ourselves, could potentially at some point or the other fall victim to a crime like this. So, I think that the human element – sometimes we forget police officers are also human beings and just like we want to go on vacation from time to time, we felt like we had the right product that we could partner up with the police department and say to the officers that your effort and hard work is appreciated not just by the business community but by Belize in general and make a difference where it actually counts.”

 

Andrea Polanco

“What are these officers getting from Muy’Ono?”

 

Reynaldo Malic

“What we are giving to them is a weekend at any of our resorts. The stays are free and they have access to the entire property and along with that each officer is awarded two hundred Belize dollars resort credit which they can use toward food, drink or if they want to avail themselves to any of the tour packages of our individual resorts offer, they can also do that. So, they can come for two nights, three nights, it’s up to them.”

 

Reporting for News Five, I’m Andrea Polanco.

 

Muy’Ono has committed to continue to work with the Belize Police Department to reward cops.

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