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Jul 2, 2021

Thirty New Police Investigators Acknowledged by BPD

Keith Gilges

According to the Chargé d’Affaires for the U.S. Embassy Keith Gilges, the idea is to strengthen the capacity of officers at all levels within the Belize Police Department.  The objective, he says, is to ensure that justice is served as a result of proper investigation and evidence gathering.


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

“The goal of these courses is to improve the investigative capacity of the officers here.  You know, it’s easy to have a set of lists that you tick off, you come to a crime scene and you do certain things.  But what I know they want to impart on each of these officers is the ability to say, “What’s next?  What do I need to do after this?”  I’ll follow the instructions, I’ll do what we need to do to make sure evidence is collected properly.  But then beyond that, when the trail starts to be less obvious, what can they do to take that initiative?  So I’m sure it was all about both the technical skills of how to treat a new crime scene, what to protect, what to collect and how to make sure that the evidence is gathered for later.  And so all that technical skills, but then that added x-factor that says the goal isn’t to just collect evidence, the goal is to find justice, as the Commissioner of Police said.”

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