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Inspector Fitzroy Yearwood (Police Department)

Inspector Fitzroy Yearwood (Police Department)

Inspector Fitzroy Yearwood
(Police Department)

AARON HUMES Reporting: The Belize Police Department is an especially key member of the apparatus for national response to disasters and emergencies.

Today, 45 staff members of the Police Communications Control Room were trained in emergency disaster response.

Chief trainer is Wayne Usher of the Central Emergency Management Organization, and participants will learn about establishing and maintaining an operations centre during emergencies and how to cope with stress and pressure in tough times.

Additional presentations are being made by the Meteorological Service and Belize Red Cross.

This session is the first of several planned for the Communication division of the Department.

Also attending were officers from numerous precincts in urban and rural Belize District.

We were also told that the Department has been able to sustain fast response times to emergencies with the introduction of the precinct system that decentralizes operations.

But according to senior officer Inspector Fitzroy Yearwood, prank calls and abuse from children and some unthinking adults continues to be a problem.

He told us that the time police spend dealing with these calls takes them away from real emergencies.

So unless you have a real emergency, stay off the 911 line.

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