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Feb 13, 2019

Ministry of National Security Considering Ankle Monitors for Repeat Offenders

John Saldivar

Minister of National Security John Saldivar says that 2019 will be the year of technology within the police department. Today, he told the press that the department will be meeting next week to discuss the new commissioner of police’s strategy to tackle crime and move the department forward. But, Saldivar says that he has requested that law men and women use technology to enhance the work that that they do to maintain peace and order. One of the many ways that the ministry is looking at technology is to install more surveillance cameras – Saldivar says that those are coming soon. Another area that the ministry is considering is the use of monitoring devices for repeat gun and gang-related offenders. But before you’ll see persons using these ankle monitors, the minister says they have to do their due diligence to see if it will be something that can work in Belize. And so they have set up a committee to undertake that review. Here’s what he said on the matter today.

 

John Saldivar, Minister of John Saldivar

“One of the directives that I have already given to him is that 2019 must be the year of technology for the police department. Because to complement the wonderful work that each and every one of you are doing for the department, we must now look at the way technology can help us to continue to do the great job that we do. That is why a few days ago, I announced the formation of an exploratory committee to look at some type of tracking device that we hope we can pass the law to have those tracking devices placed on repeat violent criminals, gun criminals and gang criminals. I am hoping that in another sixty days they can give me their findings and then we move forward in terms of implementing the relevant legislation to put this in effect if it is seen to be feasible. We have also decided that we are going to ramp up the expansion of our more cameras across Belize City. We will also be looking at the lawful intercept law to see how we can make it more useful as a tool for us to deal with criminal gangs and criminal activity.”

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