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Feb 15, 2018

Taiwanese Make Donation for Police Equipment

The government of Taiwan has made a significant contribution to assist in the fight against one of the worst problems facing the nation. A million dollars was handed over to the Minister of Home Affairs to be used to acquire both equipment and crime fighting enforcement technologies for the Police Department. These include items such as alcohol measuring instruments, bulletproof vests, and motorcycles. The handing over took place at the Laing Building in Belize City. News Five’s Duane Moody reports.


Duane Moody, Reporting

Today at the Laing Building in Belize City, the Taiwanese government officially handed over a cheque of one million Belize dollars to the Belize Police Department. Minister of Home Affairs, Wilfred Elrington says that after his appointment to the ministry, he assessed the police department and realized that there was need for investment in equipment and training, after meeting with senior officers of the force.


Wilfred Elrington

Wilfred Elrington, Minister of Home Affairs

“The training in my view is much too short for them to be able do an effective job.  But the lower hanging fruits were in fact the issue of the equipment that is something that we could do something about almost immediately. And so once we had identified what the need was, we decided to seek source of funding and of course the immediate response came from the Taiwanese.”


Taiwanese Ambassador to Belize, Charles Liu, a former police officer himself, impressed on his foreign minister to make the donation, which goes beyond what was requested by Elrington.


Charles Liu

Charles Liu, Taiwanese Ambassador to Belize

“I know how difficult, how hard the police job will be. So I appreciate the Commissioner and all my police brothers and sister and how they fight and how they prevent the crimes in Belize. So during this donation ceremony, I think it is a joint effort by Minister Elrington, Minister Aragon, hby the Commissioner and by all our friends—all of them, all our efforts, we put together to make this donation possible.”


According to Commissioner of Police, Allen Whylie, the money will be used to acquire motorcycles, handcuffs and even drones to fight crime. This, Whylie says, will further support their recently launched national crime-fighting strategy.


Allen Whylie

Allen Whylie, Commissioner of Police

“We’ll have additional motorcycles which will be deployed across the entire country of Belize and we should be seeing where cycles are deployed to each police substation. That should increase our visibility as well as our response time and our ability to respond to calls for assistance. We also intend to put a number of those cycles again in all the districts at the prosecution branch where that will allow the process servers to be able to serve the different processes, warrants, etc. execution so to ensure in terms of the prosecution side, there are less cases being struck out because witnesses aren’t being summoned. And so I am certain those cycles will assist us. We are also going to acquire a number of drones which again will be deployed when we are doing anti-crime operations because drones as part of the department embracing technology, drones can provide us with wide coverage in terms of when we are operating. It will give us an eye from the air that we are able to see targets or suspicious persons or movements. We are also looking at acquire a number of handcuffs where each police officer will be able to be assigned, for the first time in their career perhaps, a personal handcuff.”


Duane Moody for News Five.

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1 Response for “Taiwanese Make Donation for Police Equipment”

  1. Marwaione says:

    Wow, police don’t even have handcuffs, but UDP Government was making some people not pay back money borrowed. WHAT SENSE?
    This is why Crime pays.

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