Posted: Saturday, September 9, 2023. 11:46 am CST.
By Aaron Humes: On Friday, Senior Superintendent of Police Calbert Flowers, Staff Officer in the Eastern Division office of Operations called the press to a meeting to issue alerts about police safety plans and operations over the long weekend.
As many as 400 officers will be on duty from Belize City and Belmopan policing j’ouvert this morning, the road march this afternoon, and other events leading into St George’s Caye Day.
On the matter of parking, Superintendent Flowers advised that no parking will be allowed along the Carnival route that would obstruct traffic: “We ask, especially for the carnival and the j’ouvert, that owners of motor vehicles be really mindful of where they are parking because parking a vehicle is a big obstruction to us. We have our police tow truck that will be in Belize City, in particular, and it will be driving the route and any vehicle obstructing the free flow of traffic will be towed away and the payment will be the owner’s responsibility. So we ask, again, for the owners of motor vehicles to work along with us.”
The route is along Central American Boulevard, Vernon Street, over the Belchina Bridge, Douglas Jones Street, Baymen Avenue and Cinderella Plaza, and along Princess Margaret Drive to the Marion Jones Stadium.
As for public drinking, police will be a bit more lenient this weekend according to Superintendent Flowers, but a big no-no is drinking in pint bottles: “We’ll have police officers along the route, as well as the different operational units in different areas of responsibility and they will be tasked to target people who are loitering, people doing public drinking, especially in pint bottles. We ask that you refrain from drinking your beverages in pint bottles. We ask that you use plastic cups. So again, our police officers will be alert and we’ll be looking for these things.”
Licensed firearm holders are advised to leave their guns at home as it is an offense to be caught drinking in public while carrying a weapon.
And for any criminal element intent on causing mischief, there is a special warning: “We have our strike teams that will be targeting different people. We have our intelligence team at the police department that has been feeding us information and we are ready and on alert, ready to strike if needs be, any of these criminal elements that believe that they will be out here to disrupt our September celebrations. The Belize Police Department will be out here ready and able to defend and protect the law-abiding citizens so that we can all have a safe and happy Tenth celebration this weekend.”
Belizeans are asked to cooperate with police to ensure that this is possible.
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