Posted: Wednesday, November 2, 2022. 10:51 am CST.
By Aaron Humes: As Belize battens down in advance of Hurricane Lisa’s landfall, the Police Department’s top cops are reminding that police will be watching countrywide to maintain law and order.
Commissioner Chester Williams and Acting Commissioner Dr. Richard Rosado have informed that the Belize Police Department’s operations are in full effect: “Our aim is to maintain law and order and protection of life and property. In doing this, we are collaborating with other partner agencies across the country.”
The Commissioner particularly implores motorists and commuters to commute in a safe mode and be mindful of other commuters that are traveling on the highways and byways.
As well, if you live in low-lying areas don’t wait for the eleventh hour to go to higher grounds. Don’t listen to rumors and keep in tune with your local television and radio station.
Earlier this week, the Commissioner told reporters, “As you would know police officers around this time, [their] primary function is one, to do search and rescue and to ensure hurricane shelters are manned. We will wait to see when hurricane shelters are opened and people begin to move to these shelters and then have police officers assigned to these shelters to preserve law and order at these shelters. In terms of search and rescue that will be done with BDF [Belize Defence Force] and Coast Guards. As you know we don’t have the equipment to do search and rescue so we rely heavily on them to be able to ferry us to different areas where we need to do so. Police officers were also advised to make sure they get their own preparations in place, looking after their families because once the storm is near, we might go into twelve-hour shift systems and officers might not be able to go home until the storm is over.”
The Commissioner added that officers will be increasing patrols up until an hour before Lisa makes landfall to try to prevent criminal activity; they will also return to patrolling the moment the storm clears.
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