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U.S.funds project to strengthen crime data sharing in Belize

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Posted: Friday, October 22, 2021. 7:04 pm CST.

By Benjamin Flowers: Today, the United States Embassy and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) handed over information Communication Technology (ICT) equipment today to the Ministry of Home Affairs & New Growth Industries as part of a project to strengthen the sharing of crime data in Belize under the InfoSegura Project.

U.S. Embassy Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) Coordinator Mary Walz and UNDP Deputy Resident Representative in Belize, Ian King, presented US$26,760 in equipment, which includes a high-powered Hewlett-Packard (HP) server, three HP workstations with high-quality monitors, and three rugged tablets to Minister of Home Affairs and New Growth industries Kareem Musa.

The project is funded by United States Agency for International Development (USAID) through its “Evidence-Based Information Management for Citizen Security in Central America and the Dominican Republic” program, while UNDP Belize procured the equipment which will be given to the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions and the Belize Crime Observatory (BCO) for use.

The donation is the United States government’s response to the urgent needs outlined in the BCO’s Strategic Action Plan (2020-2023), which advances collaborative efforts to develop Belize’s multi-agency Crime Intelligence Architecture, enhancing both national and regional security.

“We are proud to partner with regional agencies and stand with Belize to improve its comprehensive framework for information sharing. Being able to access crime data easily and quickly will help authorities to better detect, prevent, and prosecute criminal offenses. This multi-agency approach is critical to reducing crime and promoting national security, which in turn makes the region safer,” INL Coordinator Mary Walz highlighted.

During his remarks, Musa said that the equipment will go a long way in realizing the Ministry’s vision in developing state-of-the-art Crime Intelligence Architecture for Belize

Notably, the InfoSegura project also donated US$15,205 worth of ICT equipment to the ministry, including a high-powered Dell server and three Dell workstations. back in April. The project is geared towards supporting interventions and policies that strengthen crime and justice data platforms both nationally and regionally, including working to support the formulation of evidence-based policies and decisions.

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