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Brigadier General Azariel Loria Takes Command

Today, at the celebration of the forty-fourth anniversary of the Belize Defence Force, the official ceremonial change of command parade took place at the Sir Colville Young Parade Square at [...]

44 Active Cases in B.D.F.

The B.D.F. has at least forty-four active COVID cases. This, as the Belize District continues to have the highest transmissibility rate.  While generally isolated and locked off, there are reports [...]

Safety Protocols for the B.D.F. Parade

The official change of command within the Belize Defence Force will be held on Friday at Price Barracks. Since last week, the soldiers have been engaged in practice for the [...]

Azariel Loria to Formally Take Command of the B.D.F.

On Friday, Brigadier General Azariel Loria will be formally installed as the new commander of the Belize Defense Force.  He takes over from his predecessor who demitted office in December.  [...]

Succession at the Helm of the Belize Defense Force

Former Belize Defense Force commander, Stephen Ortega, retired from duty on December twenty-first, 2021.  Since then, he has been succeeded by Azariel Loria who has risen in rank to become [...]

U.S. Medical Mission in Toledo Concludes

U.S. Southern Command’s Joint Task Force Bravo today concluded a six-day medical outreach program in the Toledo District in partnership with the Ministry of Health and Wellness.  The joint medical [...]

Joint Bravo Task Force Carry Out Activities in Belize District

The Joint Bravo Task Force’s motto is “progress through unity” and that is exactly what they are seeking to accomplish in Belize over the next two weeks. The “Keel Billed [...]

B.D.F. Soldiers Awarded at Traditional Christmas Luncheon

There are many holiday events at this time of the year, but one of the most festive is the traditional Christmas luncheon at the Price Barracks. News Five’s Duane Moody [...]

B.D.F. Commander Steven Ortega Retires Today

Brigadier General Steven Ortega wore his battle dress uniform for the last time today as he goes off on retirement after four years at the helm of the Belize Defense [...]

General Ortega on Retirement

The Belize Defense Force was first to take command of the Joint Intelligence Operation Center when it was established a few years ago.  Since then, it has led JIOC on [...]

Col. Azariel Loria to Move Up as B.D.F. Commander

Today News Five found out that Colonel Azariel Loria will succeed outgoing Brigadier General Steven Ortega. Ortega’s term as commander of the B.D.F. comes to an end shortly and at [...]

Compol Says Help Was Provided to Officer Who Appeared Intoxicated in Video

On Monday a video was posted on social media of a uniformed Policeman being led into a police station by his fellow police colleagues, suggesting that the officer was under [...]

Top Cop Marco Vidal Suspended for 60 Days with Pay

News Five has confirmed that A.C.P. Marco Vidal has been suspended for sixty days with pay.  Information is that the Security Services Commission, chaired by Charles Gibson, met and approved [...]

Police to Step Up Presence for Holiday Season

In Cabinet news, the prime minister and his advisors gave approval for the Isidoro Beaton Stadium in Belmopan, to fall the National Sports Council which will assume responsibility for the [...]

Who Will Replace Auditor General Bradley?

Today news five spoke with Minister of the Public Service Minister Henry Charles Usher about key posts that are becoming vacant with the retirement of senior public officers. Among those [...]

Cooler Heads Prevail Over JIOC Firewall

Commissioner of Police Chester Williams sat down with Rear Admiral Elton Bennett on Tuesday to discuss a way forward for the police department and the coast guard to work together, [...]

Conflict Resolution Sessions at the Hub

Over the past few weeks, street gangs in the various communities have been engaged in a clean-up campaign in their respective neighborhoods as part of a collaborative effort by the [...]

Dialogue Being Established Between Feuding Gangs

Dawson said the plan is to ensure that the dialogue be maintained between feuding factions in order to keep the violence under control.   William Dawson, Chairman, Leadership Intervention Unit [...]

Heal Up With Roots Combats Gang Violence

Another program is the “Heal up With Roots” Initiative where sixty Belize City residents are being trained to act as mediators in their communities. DYS is utilizing the cure violence [...]

16 Days of Activism Kicks Off; Gender Based Violence Major Issue in Belize

It happens over and over again: women are killed at the hands of their current or former spouses. But men have been killed too in domestic incidents. And so have [...]

Traffic Officers Get Training in Using Breathalyzers

Traffic officers are now being trained to use breathalyzers to help combat drunk driving. Four officers were in Denver, Colorado where they completed a training course and returned to train [...]

Honoring the BDF on Remembrance Day

Remembrance Day or Poppy Day is a memorial day observed on November eleventh across the Commonwealth. Ever since the end of the First World War it honors members of the [...]

Defense Ministry Congratulates JIOC for Narco Plane Operation

Following the arrests made in the narco plane landing in the Bladen area of Toledo on November 4th, and the confiscation of drugs and firearms, the Ministry of National Defence [...]

Belize and Colombia Sign MOU to Combat Drug Trafficking

The Commander of the Colombian Air Force is in Belize. General Ramsés Rueda and his delegation visited Brigadier General Steven Ortega, Commander of the Belize Defence Force, at Price Barracks, [...]

A Hundred New Surveillance Cameras to Aid in Crime Fighting

The scourge of violent crimes across the country that continues to threaten citizen security remains an issue of national importance. The number of gang-related incidents that are being recorded on [...]