Posted: Thursday, October 14, 2021. 2:55 pm CST.
By Rubén Morales Iglesias: “U.S. Embassy Belmopan presented six vehicles to the Government of Belize today as a security donation to the Police Department and the Customs and Excise Department to deter and disrupt criminal activities in remote areas and to expand law enforcement training opportunities for officers throughout Belize,” said a joint release by the US Embassy and the Government of Belize.
The donation, valued at over U.S. $187,000, was funded through the Central America Regional Security Initiative and facilitated by the U.S. Embassy’s International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs Section said the release.
“The donated vehicles will strengthen the Government of Belize’s ability to quickly respond to trafficking and other illegal activities while ensuring that officers in remote locations can access professional training,” said Chargé d’Affaires, Leyla Moses-Ones. “The trafficking of drugs, people, contraband, and other illegal products in Belize affects not only the stability of the country but the region as well. We are proud to stand with Belize in the fight against criminal networks.”
The vehicles donation consists of four pickup trucks and one all-terrain vehicle donated to the Police Department units, including the Anti-Trafficking in Persons (ATIP) Unit, Mobile Interdiction Team, and the Training Support Unit. A sixth vehicle, a pickup truck, was donated to the Enforcement Unit of the Customs and Excise Department.
“This donation is a demonstration of the continuous partnership shared between the Belize Customs and the U.S. Embassy,” said Customs and Excise Comptroller Estella Leslie. “This gift will contribute significantly towards combating smuggling activities and strengthening our enforcement efforts. We are confident that such a gift will enhance our response efforts and provide immediate results.”
The joint communiqué said that over the past 12 years, the United States has made contributions of over U.S. $34 million to Belize through the CARSI program.
The statement further said that this timely donation reflects the United States’ commitment to work together with partner countries in the fight against transnational crime and the strengthening of citizen security.
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