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Mar 1, 2016

Suspected Fake Cops Released Without Charge, Police Vigilance is Up

Insp. Fitzroy Yearwood

One week ago three persons were detained by Police on suspicion of being involved in a fake cop racket. Perpetrators actually managed to get guns off two security guards in Belize City approaching them under disguise. It’s a situation the Police took seriously since in both instances the attackers were armed and there was the potential for the victims to be injured or even killed.  The detainees were released without charges, and today Inspector Fitzroy Yearwood made it plain that they are still persons of interest, while urging continued vigilance.


Insp. Fitzroy Yearwood, Public Relations Officer, Eastern Division North

“We recorded some statements. We did an investigation and because of constraints of time and material evidence we had to release those persons. We are not saying that those persons are off the hook or are not suspects anymore, but we believe that we have to do a little bit more investigation and try to gather some more evidence before we can levy any charges if any charges should be levied against any of those persons that were detained. In an isolated incident where somebody pretended to be a Police officer and approached another security officer at one of our supermarkets on Coney Drive, we did make an arrest for that. It was an aggravated assault charge and that person has since been brought before the Court and has been remanded.”



“In situations like these where persons have to be released because of time constraints…perhaps there is not enough evidence but Police still suspect these are the correct persons, is there anything in place in terms of perhaps surveillance to some limited extent that you all can conduct?”


Insp. Fitzroy Yearwood

“We have many different concepts that we use. Surveillance, yes, that’s one of our options but we have other means that we go about. We have an investigative team at the CIB Support Unit whereby if the regular relief investigator cannot investigate certain things during regular work time they pick up the case and we coordinate our efforts. At the end of the day these teams meet and decide whether or not there is any evidence for any person or persons to be charged.”



“At this time security guards and the general public should still be vigilant though…?”


Insp. Fitzroy Yearwood

“The alert is still up until we break this ring. We believe it’s more than one person so we want our security officers to be very alert. We ask our Police Officers to be very alert while on duty. We’re trying our best to avoid any more incidents of that sort.”


Yearwood says that Police Officers have a regulation number which is also featured on their I.D. cards. All citizens can and should request to see that I.D. when approached by persons claiming to be Police.


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