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Mar 4, 2014

Rural Executive Officer of Police say safety in full effect for canoe race

Christopher Noble

Aside from the marketing aspect of the Belikin La Ruta Maya River Challenge, there is the issue of citizens’ safety over the extended weekend. The finishing touches of the canoe race are being finalized and thousands of persons are expected to gather along the river banks to witness the anticipated event.  The third and final legs of the race are within communities in the Belize River Valley Area and under the jurisdiction of Rural Executive Officer of the Belize Police Department, Assistant Superintendent Christopher Noble. Noble says that officers from the rural area as well as specialized unit of officers will be brought in to assist and make the event as safe as possible.

 

ASP Christopher Noble, Rural Executive Officer, Police Department

“La Ruta Maya does give us a particular challenge in that it is on the water and our capacity is somewhat limited. However, being someone that has policed it before or managed the policing of it before, I do know that we have checks in certain areas. We did utilize officers in every Ruta Maya and we have been looking at areas where they stop and the police stations. We know that we have officers posted in those areas and we keep officers posted in those areas. The last stop before it goes into the City is Burrell Boom. We’ve been making sure we have adequate personnel in each area and Burrell Boom being the place that will seemingly challenge us the most; however, event organizers have approached us for the proper policing of their area and we are putting in place policing for the entire event—for the entire area. So persons coming in, we ask that you look at yourself with regards to drinking and driving; you look at yourself with regards to road worthiness of your transport; you look at yourself if you are not capable of having a vehicle to take you to and from; look at the manner in which you will traverse the area.  All of these incidents will expose people and we are hoping that it doesn’t because La Ruta Maya is a family event. So look at all the what if and what would cause some sort of problem for you. We know that traffic accidents have been our Achilles’ heel in the rural area as we speak and the information with traffic accidents is that most of the time, people are just basically careless.  I will be there, other senior members of the department will be there; you will see the police, they will be in the different areas. The Burrell Boom Police Station will be maintained open, the Bermudian Landing Station will be policed and the area in Double Head Cabbage will be policed.”

 

So stay tuned to our coverage of the event that begins bright and early on Friday right here on Channel Five during the Open Your Eyes morning show.

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