Posted: Thursday, November 29, 2018. 4:00 p.m. CST.
By BBN Staff: Today, the Belize Police Department received a generous donation from the Miami-Dade Police Department.
The Miami-Dade police department with the direction of Chief Juan Perez handed over 500 used bullet proof (ballistic) vests.
This donation was as a result of the collaboration between the Miami-Dade Police Department and the Association of Caribbean Commissioners of Police of which the Belize Police Department is a member.
This is the second donation of vests made to the Belize Police Department through this partnership.
In 2017, 200 bullet proof vests were received and distributed to police officers countrywide.
This latest donation will be catalogued and distributed to operational officers and first responders in Belize city and every police formation within Belize.
“The acquisition of the vests and their utilization will not only improve the physical safety of the officers they will be assigned to, but will also help to improve their morale, as well as their confidence in responding to any situation and allow for a more professional delivery of services to the citizenry,” said Howell Gillett, Officer Commanding Eastern Division South.
Commissioner of Police, Allen Whylie reiterated his heartfelt appreciation to the Association of Caribbean Commissioners of Police, Chief Juan Perez, Lt. Erick Palmer, Commander Joy Steward of the Miami Dade Police Department, Assistant Special Agent James Doby who is In Charge of the Caribbean Division and the team from the DEA Caribbean Office who were instrumental in the arrangement of the shipping to Belize.
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