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Sep 2, 2022

Tourism Minister Donates Vehicles to Police and NICH

Today, the Ministry of Tourism handed over two pickup trucks to the Tourism Policing Unit and the National Institute of Culture and History.  Back in August, vehicles were donated to the Belize Defence Force and T.P.U. had also received motorcycles and bicycles. The value of the donation is one hundred and thirty thousand dollars. News Five’s Duane Moody reports.

 

Duane Moody, Reporting

The Ministry of Tourism made another donation of vehicles, this time to the Tourism Policing Unit and NICH. Tourism Minister Anthony Mahler speaks about the importance of this partnership.

 

Anthony Mahler

Anthony Mahler, Minister of Tourism

“We’ve always had good relationship with the security services, whether B.D.F. or the Police Department, and we’ve also had good working relationship with NICH and the Institute of Archaeology. And so, to ensure that they can carry out their roles and responsibilities in a more efficient way, we saw the need for some investment in some vehicles.”

 

Home Affairs Minister Kareem Musa says that the vehicle will be utilised in Belize City for the security of cruise ship passengers.

 

Kareem Musa

Kareem Musa, Minister of Home Affairs

“We have to keep our tourism product valuable at all times. And our Tourism Police Unit is a specialised unit that is tasked with that very important job of securing the tourists whenever they visit out shores. So today, we are extremely grateful to the Ministry of Tourism, the Minister Anthony Mahler for this kind donation of a vehicle for the tourism police unit which will be utilised on the streets of Belize City for the cruise passengers that visit our shores every week.”

 

Within the next few months, more vehicles will be donated.

 

Anthony Mahler

“Some additional vehicles are going to come, but like I said, you have supply chain issues and so the vehicles are slower in coming than we would want it to be. Within the next couple of months, we should have all the vehicles in. We should get some UTVs as they call and we will continue to ensure that the security forces and the Institute of Archaeology, both entities, have the necessary resources to carry out their functions properly.”

 

Kareem Musa

“We do expect to receive more shortly. We had a donation of motorcycles and bicycles the other day and so it is continuously we are getting donations. And we are investing as a police department in twenty more vehicles, some of which will be utilized by the TPU as well in the coming months. There was a tender late last year, but as the minister mentioned, there are sourcing issues with motor vehicles. All manufacturers are having difficulty sourcing the vehicles, but we should be getting five of the twenty this week.”

 

This donation is valued at one hundred and thirty thousand dollars. Duane Moody for News Five.


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