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Jul 15, 2020

Hotline and P.S.A.s to Address Border Jumping and Contraband

Chester Williams

The Belize Police Department says that it is taking policing of the border jumping and contraband trade to another level. In the coming days the department will have five hotlines and will be running public service announcements to target the illegal entry and trade. Today, Commissioner Chester Williams told the press about their next moves as they try to curb these illicit activities to reduce exposure to COVID-19.

 

Chester Williams, Commissioner of Police

“We put in additional patrols. The B.D.F. have four boats in the Rio Hondo patrolling from Douglas to Santa Cruz to San Felipe looking for contrabandists and border jumpers. I am pleased to say here that we have received two toll free hot lines from SMART and we are getting three toll-free hot lines from BTL. So, we are going to have five toll-free hotlines and they will be installed at the Raccoon Street Police Station camera room.  Those hotlines are going to be manned on a twenty-four hour basis. We are also working on two infomercials; one to deal with border jumping and one to deal with contrabandists. Those infomercials are going to be in English and Spanish. In the infomercials we are going to put the number for the hotlines as well because these hotlines are being set up for persons to report any suspected activity of border jumping or persons smuggling contraband in the country. We are hoping that with this new initiative we are going to put a sever damper on the occurrences of these two activities that continue to threaten the well-being of our Belizean citizens.”

 

Williams says that a social media platform will also be used where the public can make direct reports and submit photographic or video evidence of these illicit activities.


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