Posted: Friday, June 23, 2017. 8:57 p.m. CST.
By BBN Staff: Today, the U.S. Embassy handed over maritime assets which consisted of three boats and equipment, valued at approximately US$449,000, to the Belize Police Department.
All three vessels were seized by Belizean authorities and now refurbished and equipped to fight criminal activities.
The handover ceremony occurred at the Belize Coast Guard Compound in Belize City. Chargé d’ Affaires, Adrienne Galanek and Police Commissioner Allen Whylie, delivered remarks at the handing over ceremony.
The project is expected to help increase the Government of Belize’s ability to combat, deter and disrupt narcotics trafficking and illegal activities in the waters of Belize.
It places state-of-the-art equipment on rugged boats designed for rapid deployment required to interdict illegal activities in Belize waters.
As part of the project, the Police Department has partnered with the Belize Coast Guard to facilitate training for the boat captains and engineers.
Since 2008, the U.S. Embassy, through INL/CARSI, has committed more than US$40 million in assistance to Belize to promote good governance, increase prosperity, and enhance citizen security.
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