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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 [...]

New Legislation to Strengthen Juvenile Justice

There will be new legislation that is expected to improve and strengthen the juvenile justice system. With the blessing of the Cabinet, the Ministry of Human Development, Families and Indigenous [...]

Protest in Seine Bight as Gas Station Construction Continues

Some villagers in the Seine Bight community were up in arms this morning, showing up in front of a construction site where a gas station is being built. Villagers have [...]

Minister of Defence Attends 200th Anniversary of the Mexican Navy

The Minister of National Defence and Border Security, Florencio Marin Junior was invited by Admiral Jose Rafael Ojeda, Secretary of the Navy of Mexico, to attend the two hundredth Anniversary [...]

A New System to Track and Monitor Human Trafficking

The strengthening of governments and civil society actors to manage migration in a sustainable and humane manner is the focus of the Western Hemisphere Program, funded by the U.S. Department [...]

CEO on Combating Gang Violence

Over fifty purported gang members were incarcerated inside the Belize Central Prison during the recent Southside State of Emergency. CEO Murillo has seen various SOE’s over the years. He spoke [...]

Will Killing of Gabourel Trigger Necessary Intervention

Executive Director Nicholas says that as a society, we are reactive and not proactive enough. But will the unfortunate killing of Dwayne Gabourel trigger the necessary changes and interventions at [...]

Baptist Residence is Raided and Police Confiscate DVR Equipment

While Brandon Baptist joined several others from the Backa Lands and PIV gangs on Monday morning to denounce the senseless murder of Dwayne Gabourel, what they didn’t know was that [...]

Hartin’s case adjourned until October.

Jasmine Hartin appeared in San Pedro Magistrate’s court, but not for her manslaughter by negligence charge in connection with the death of police superintendent Henry Jemmot, but for common assault [...]