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May 6, 2021

U.S. Embassy Delivers Tactical Equipment to the Police’s M.I.T.

The U.S. Embassy handed over a trove of tactical equipment and gear to the Belize Police Department Mobile Interdiction Team in Belmopan. The equipment, valued at almost fifty-five thousand Belize dollars, was donated by the U.S. International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs.  News Five attended the handing over this morning at the police headquarters in Belmopan. Here’s how that went.

 

Nairobi Cortez

Keith Gilges, Chargé d’Affaires, U.S. Embassy

“What you are seeing here is just a tangible example of the long cooperation that we have between the government of Belize and the government of the United States to help Belize and support Belize as it tries to make sure that it is controlling its own borders. The reason that is important is because trans-national criminal organizations like to use insecure borders to move people, to move guns, to move guns across them and that is something that is bad for Belize and bad for the United States. So, we have this long partnership through the bureau of international narcotics and law enforcement, through the embassy – to provide what I call an investment.”

 

Chester Williams

Chester Williams, Commissioner of Police

“The mobile interdiction team was formed with a mandate to ensure that our borders are patrolled, protecting it from trans-national criminals; human traffickers; fire arm traffickers and contraband. So, for the past few months the unit has been operating not having adequate equipment to be able to fulfill their mandate; so they are getting uniforms today; backpacks; some sort of stove – might look like a cup but it is stove; knives and other things that will be able to aid them in the jungle to survive for a number of days. So, we are grateful for this contribution and we expect that the commander Mister Gabriel will ensure that there is proper accountability; each officer will be given his or her own kit that they must account for when they fall in for duty.”


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