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Apr 12, 2018

Corruption a Concern; the Good Must Help Isolate the Bad

Deborah Lingwood

The primary finding of the I.N.C.S.R. states, “Belize’s drug control efforts are hampered by the same challenges faced by the rest of the country’s security sector – corruption, insufficient investigative capacity, an ineffective judicial sector, and a lack of political will.” But U.S. Embassy acting deputy chief of mission Deborah Lingwood says while there is concern for corruption, the hunt is on to find the “good actors,” those who are serious about fighting the scourge of drugs and who cannot be corrupted by its influence.


Deborah Lingwood, Acting Deputy Chief of Mission, U.S. Embassy

“We are concerned about corruption as outlined in the report, but there are also a lot of very good actors within the Police and the Coast Guard and more broadly the Ministry of National Security and we want to work with those individuals to tackle this problem. It’s a problem that countries all over the world and certainly countries in this region face, and so our goal is to find the good actors and work with them to help solve this problem.”


For those not cooperating, the U.S. has a special vetting scheme designed to deny those persons access to training and resources.

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2 Responses for “Corruption a Concern; the Good Must Help Isolate the Bad”

  1. spike says:

    Ms. Lingwood,
    Can the U.S. make a special request to the government of Guatemala? That request would be to stop Guatemalan interference on the Belize side of the Sarstoon.

  2. Marie says:

    Amen, shame on Belize government that encourages corruption.

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