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Jul 2, 2012

Embassy of Taiwan/China donates handheld radios to Police Department

Recently the Police Department received a fleet of vehicles outfitted with cameras and other crime fighting equipment from the United States State Department via the Central American Regional Security Initiative (CARSI). Another Belize friendly government has made a donation to complement the recent CARSI donation. This morning the Embassy of Taiwan/China delivered some very expensive hand held radios to the police. News Five’s Jose Sanchez reports.


Jose Sanchez, Reporting

Communication is an important aspect of police work and this morning, the Embassy of Taiwan/China donated sixteen very expensive mobile Motorola radios to the police department in the value of sixty thousand dollars.


Elodio Aragon Jr., Assistant Commissioner of Police

Elodio Aragon Jr.

“The donation of these sixteen digital radios for the police department will go a long way. As you all know, we recently got a donation of vehicles from the U.S. Embassy and those are presently deployed within the City, within the new zones. These sixteen new radios will greatly assist us when it comes to our patrols on the ground. it will improve our communication system and ensure that all our vehicles and all our foot patrols are best able to communicate with the control room thus giving a better and quick response to the community.”


The donation was delivered by Henry Fan, a counselor of the embassy.


Henry Fan

Henry Fan, Counselor, Embassy of Republic of China (Taiwan)

“The police department of Belize and Belize itself actually now are facing a tough challenge; it’s a very tough time now. And although the society, people have very strict demand to the police department, they have done a very good job and they have worked very hard to try to make Belize a safer place for people to live and children to grow up. So I think as a very staunch and a very long time ally of Belize, we are very honored and very pleased to try to help a little bit in Belize’s efforts. So with this donation—sixteen sets of mobile radio to the police department—we hope that we can strengthen the capacity of police when they are working very hard to improve the environment; the safety of Belize people.”


Elodio Aragon Jr.

“Well ideally, it would be good if each police officer could have a radio. The truth of the matter is that most of our patrols have at least two persons within any given foot patrol—whether it be foot, mobile, bicycle patrol; we have two persons on patrol. Ideally I would say if we could get a few more of these radios—maybe fifty more of these radios—would go a long way to assist us at Eastern Division. And you must bear in mind that Eastern Division does not include the City alone; it includes all the precincts that we have out there including San Pedro, Caye Caulker, Ladyville, Hattieville. So there is always a need for more radios.”


Reporting for News Five, Jose Sanchez.

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2 Responses for “Embassy of Taiwan/China donates handheld radios to Police Department”

  1. Seletar says:

    These are pretty powerful radios, and properly used, should be able to help some police be a lot more effective. I’d guess they should be concentrated in some special unit.

    But another point — in the wrong hands they can let the gangsters know every move the police make. SO PLEASE, COMPOL, FIRST AND FOREMOST, MAKE SURE THAT THESE RADIOS ARE PROPERLY SECURED AND ACCOUNTED FOR AT ALL TIMES.

  2. Eye in the Sky says:

    Just use your cell phone. It is easier and every police already has one or 2.

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