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Jan 15, 2013

B.D.F. receives new vehicles to increase patrols along borders

With the ICJ question up in the air, a referendum on the Belize/Guatemala dispute scheduled for October sixth and persistent incursions into our borders, the lack of security at the borders has been a major concern. But to increase patrols, it also means additional resources—human and otherwise. In a brief ceremony in Belmopan this morning, the Ministry of National Security handed over two new pickups to be used by the B.D.F. for border patrols and for the fight against drugs trafficking and other illegal activities.

 

Colonel David Jones, Deputy Commander, B.D.F.

David Jones

“This will assist us with our operational capability to effectively patrol along the borders and deploy operations as we need at the moment because we are desperately in need of more vehicles and that minister has already given us five. We’ve just received another two more today; we expect another three and that will enforce the capability that we have. The capacity is being grown and with the improved capacity, we are going to more effectively be able to deploy and provide that credible deterrence to narcotic activities and criminal activities that are happening along the border.”

 

The vehicles are Mahindra pickups designed for off-road use. Colonel Jones is currently the Commander Designate of the B.D.F., as he takes over from outgoing Commander Dario Tapia on February first.

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6 Responses for “B.D.F. receives new vehicles to increase patrols along borders”

  1. Sniper says:

    Nice. I want one too just like that for my personal security.

  2. blackberry says:

    Hoping these vehicles will be used to increase patrols along our borders. February is the month the Guatemalans choose to slash and burn our forest reserve along the border in preparation for planting in early May when the first rains fall.

  3. Hatari says:

    One problem! There are no roads along the border back in the Chiquibul where the Guats are encroaching. There needs to be a road cut along our western border so that we can effectively patrol and secure it.

  4. b.Jones says:

    What ever happened to Farber Brother who crashed the peoples/Tax payers vehicle, while driving without a drivers license ? was he Fired, fined, forced to buy back the vehicle, or was it just water under the bridge ?

  5. Bear says:

    It would be a great idea to cut a road along the border, from north to south so the patrol trucks can actually reach it. Until then, is there any way BDF can acquire some sort of “eye in the sky,” whether a light airplane or even unmanned surveillance drone? Until we do that, God will be the only one who knows who and what is entering the Jewel until it is too late.

  6. Major Kevin Crowell says:

    Glad to hear the news of your new commander, he is a great soldier and will do your country well. Congrats from Canada

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