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Sep 8, 2017

Getting prepared for holiday weekend with Police; threats addressed

As Belizeans prepare to start the extended celebration weekend, citizen’s security is a huge concern in light of lethal explosives found in recent days. A number of mass events such as Saturday’s road march as well as concerts and the popular jouvert have the police on high alert. Facing public condemnation for tear gassing Belizeans and attacking the media following a protest on Wednesday in Orange Walk, today the police set out to assure the public that they are taking extra measures to tackle any form of violence. News Five’s Isani Cayetano reports.


Isani Cayetano, Reporting

The discovery of a fragmentation grenade, as well as another lethal explosive used in seismic testing activities, has raised serious concerns about citizen security ahead of the celebration weekend.  The fact that a depth charge was found on Vernon Street, along the route of the Carnival Road March, aside from the various gang-ridden neighborhoods that the procession will traverse, has many on edge.  The Belize Police Department will be kicking into overdrive to ensure that revelers and onlookers will be safe during the festivities.


ACP Edward Broaster

ACP Edward Broaster, Operations Commander

“We want to assure the general public that we have security measures in place since prior to September first.  Our security level is at the highest risk that we can possibly put it and we will have enough law enforcement to ensure that we have peaceful festivities throughout the concert and the J’Ouvert and the carnival tomorrow.  So we want to assure the public that we will be out there in numbers and I want the public to cooperate with our law enforcement officers and as well, we are appealing to our officers to be professional with the general public.”


On September second, a special assignment team was dispatched into the vicinity of Vernon Street where they unearthed a high-density molecular explosive known as Seisprime.  The device has the longest “sleep time” of any commercial seismic explosive which simply means that it can be armed in advance of detonation.


Brig. Gen. David Jones, Bomb Expert

Brig. Gen. David Jones

“The danger from this is the blast.  So that blast that comes out would create that damage onto the body because it creates that powerful gas that provides that push.  So for someone standing close to it, it can break off your limbs or tear your body in two or, which is also possible, the blast from the explosive, if you’re quite close to it, if your mouth is open or it can go through your nose, it goes into the body, punctures and ruptures your lungs and you see blood coming out of your nose and mouth.”


Thankfully, that bomb has been safely removed from the streets of Belize City.  Nonetheless, the fear of such a heinous attack is still very much palpable.


ACP Edward Broaster

“We will not go into the strategies that we have in place, but rest assured, tomorrow you will see the strategies that we have put in place and it will be very visible.  And the fact that we have discovered those explosives is a testament to the fact that we are very aggressive on the ground.”


As far as public drinking goes, ACP Edward Broaster says the consumption of alcohol will only be allowed using disposable, plastic cups.


ACP Edward Broaster

“There will be, yes, however, there will be bars, I believe, in certain areas along the route which have been allowed to sell alcohol in plastic cups.  We will not tolerate any bottled drinks throughout the carnival and the J’Ouvert and the festivities to that extent.”


Another area of concern for the department are hangers-on who risk their lives climbing on to overcrowded floats.  The unfortunate incident of an individual being ran over during carnival in Orange Walk in 2014, has since prompted officers to pay keen attention to persons who are intoxicated and are in the way of oncoming traffic.


ACP Dezerie Phillips

ACP Dezerie Phillips, Commander, Eastern Division

“Each and every person has a moral obligation and responsibility for their individual safety and there is certain precautionary measures that a person needs to take to ensure his or her security as well.  So you don’t go and you climb on a truck that you know there is hardly any space for you because the possibility is that you may fall out indeed.  Your safety should be of paramount importance, and just like it is to us as well, so we will be looking at that and anybody we see endangering themselves we will be advising them not to do so.”


Isani Cayetano reporting for News Five.

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2 Responses for “Getting prepared for holiday weekend with Police; threats addressed”

  1. Hatari says:

    Oh yeah, handgernades, gang bangers, guns, drunks, big bellied cops . . . sounds like fun! NOT!

  2. Marwaione says:

    WTF, anyone found with these weapons wether belongs to them or in the household should be locked up for long periods. Everyone open your eyes and bewatchful for these stupidty.

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