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Jul 12, 2016

Police Revisit Cameras in City Hotspots

Chester Williams

One initiative that is being revisited by the department to address urban crime is the usage of cameras to capture criminals in the act. Back in 2008, six cameras were installed across south side Belize City as a crime prevention tool; five of them are still in operation, but the cameras are obsolete. ACP Williams says that they have approached key partners in an effort to introduce new cameras in hotspots across the south side jurisdiction.


ACP Chester Williams, Regional Commander, Eastern Division South

“Those cameras were erected back in 2008 and from then to now, we are at 2016 ad with the pace at which technology develops, the cameras have become antiquated. And we have transferred them from analog to digital. They are still working yes, but every so often they go down and getting parts for them have become extremely difficult. But I have submitted two proposals—one to the U.S. Embassy and one to the IDB requesting nineteen cameras from each of them. So once we get those nineteen cameras, which will be a total of thirty-eight if we get them, we’ll be erecting them at different hotspots on south side Belize City and we believe that that will assist us significantly in solving crimes and the cameras that we are asking for are high tech cameras with night vision capabilities. And they will also be digital cameras with a very broad zoom or how you may want to call it—you people are the experts in cameras; I went to law school not to technology school, but I try to learn as much as I could. But those cameras will help us especially in situations where things happen and people are afraid to come forward, we will be able to use those videos that we would have received from those cameras to go and take persons before the court.”

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1 Response for “Police Revisit Cameras in City Hotspots”

  1. carlos says:

    Yes good move Mr. Williams. Government should have used some of the petro caribe money to buy cameras for the city. But is there legislation in place to be able to use these videos as evidence in a court of law ? Guatemala city has hundreds of cameras in the capital and has drastically reduces crimes including murders of city bus drivers.

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