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Feb 6, 2019

B.P.D.’s Mobile Interdiction Team Continues to Tackle Cross-Border Firearms Trafficking

Bart Jones

And while the police department is happy to remove the guns off the streets, they know that it takes more than searching suspicious persons and combing empty lots. So, what is the plan to get more firearms off the streets? Last year, then Commander Howell Gillett was keen on reviving the gun amnesty program, but Jones said that it may not be the first option because it wasn’t effective in the past. He shares more on the activities to curb the movement of firearms through the border points.

 

Sr. Supt. Bart Jones, Legal Advisor, Belize Police Department

“Certainly that is not something that is immediately being discussed at the national level or the headquarters level but it is certainly not something we have taken off the table to say that it will not happen. But what we have found out in the past, when we had these guns for monies program going on is that a lot of the firearms turned in by these fellows were firearms that were not functional. So, you would have the guns for monies program and they would turn in firearms that were no longer functional and then gets some money to go across the border or somewhere else to purchase firearms so we don’t want to – but it certainly isn’t something for the commissioner to decide whether or not he wants to pursue that angle. Not just from the Commissioner’s perspective but from a governmental level to see if we will have a gun amnesty program.”

 

Andrea Polanco

“Okay. Sir, is there anything you are looking at in terms of – we know that these guns are not made here – but they are still being found here, used here and getting into the country somewhere or somehow. Is there anything you are looking at in terms of the borders to step up the security or the surveillance to ensure that people are not bringing across these weapons?”

 

Sr. Supt. Bart Jones

“We continue our efforts in terms of addressing that – possible cross-border importation of firearms into our country. We have specifically tasked with that responsibility our mobile interdiction team who continues to be on our highways near the borders of Mexico and Guatemala targeting vehicles and buses coming from those areas with a view to look at firearms and drugs coming into the country.”

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