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Jul 9, 2020

Recognizing Bravery in the Line of Duty

A ceremony was held today to recognize the quick response of alert police officers that led to the apprehension of four robbers of Scotia Bank. As you know in an early afternoon robbery last Thursday at Scotia Belama Branch, five thieves robbed a customer making a deposit of some thirty-five thousand dollars in cash and cheques. One was killed in an exchange of fire with the cops in the area of Seashore Drive.  News Five’s Isani Cayetano was present at the ceremony.  


Isani Cayetano, Reporting

The Belize Police Department took time out today to recognize a few of its own who went above and beyond over the past few weeks in the line of duty.  Last Thursday, quick response from police officers attached to the Belama Police Station resulted in the arrest of four culprits and the death of another who was shot and killed in an exchange of gunfire.  That incident took place following a robbery of Scotiabank on the Philip Goldson Highway.  Today those officers were awarded for their bravery.


Chester Williams

Chester Williams, Commissioner of Police

“The police officers on that day in question performed exceptionally well, they were brave and they did what they needed to have done to bring down those robbers. The officers stood their ground and did what they needed to have done to ensure that they were able to capture the robbers, avoiding having civilian casualties from either them or the robbers because, again, there could have been civilian casualties on the part of the robbers as well, but the police officers performed so exceptionally well that the only casualty was one of the robbers.”


For security reasons, we are not able to show you those officers, nor can we identify them by name.  The commendation, however, comes on the heels of stellar police work in arresting crime in certain parts of the city and the country.


Chester Williams

“You know that as a disciplined organization we always ensure that we keep our officers in line.  When they do wrong we are quick to punish them and sometimes when our officers do exceptional work we are very slow to reward them.  And so this morning we are here to reward some officers who have performed exceptionally well over the past few weeks and, to some extent, over the past months.  I start first by the Belama QRT, headed by Corporal Bowman.  You would know that the Belama area has expanded significantly and a number of business places have moved over to the Philip Goldson Highway and so it has become attractive to criminals to go and commit crime.  But we have a very, very vibrant and active QRT in the Precinct Four area and those officers, I can tell you, have been exceptional in keeping criminals out of their area and when criminals do go in they ensure that the criminals see and feel their presence.”


Reporting for News Five, I am Isani Cayetano.

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