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Mar 23, 2020

How Prepared Are Frontline Law Enforcement Officers for COVID-19 in Belize?

At today’s police press briefing, News Five took the opportunity to ask the Commander of the Crime Investigation Branch in the Eastern Division about the preparedness of the police department for COVID-19 in Belize. Law enforcement officers, including the B.D.F., the coast guard and the police are the frontline personnel when it comes to enforcement. So what has been done to protect the officers from contracting the virus? Here’s what Superintendent Alejandro Cowo had to say.


Alejandro Cowo

Supt. Alejandro Cowo, O.C., C.I.B., Eastern Division

“The department has issued several warnings to the public. The first one is that they do not want large gatherings and that is something that the police is implementing. The police out there patrolling the streets have discouraged people that are in huge groups to disperse. They are visiting the terminal areas, monitoring the bus with the capacity of the passengers on the bus and also at the different stores and banking institutions where they have lines of people awaiting to receive a service. Police are out there trying to ensure the safety of everybody and also of their own safety.”



“Sir are there the issuance of any kind of protective gears for the officers?”


Supt. Alejandro Cowo

“Well I know that at this moment, police have been issued with face masks, they have gloves and they have sanitizers to help themselves for the beginning.”

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