They were called back earlier this year to patrol Belize City streets after an increase in criminal activity, to support their brothers in the Police Department. But soldiers of the Belize Defence Force are preparing to withdraw again, according to Brigadier General David Jones.
“We have been asked to go back to the city to work, because of the recent spike in crime. We’ve been trying to get off the streets, because of our operational commitment, however because of the issues in Belize City, we’ve been asked to go back. We’re not back there in the strength that we used to. We’re only doing two of the three shifts that we used to do. That is supposed to conclude shortly, because with the spike as soon as it is going down, or the police are able to address the concerns without the use of the Belize Defence Force, we’ll be moving back off the streets again. So I expect that to happen soon. I should be in dialogue shortly with the Commissioner of Police, to decide the withdrawal of the Belize Defence Force, coming back off the streets.”
The BDF is now operating on a part-time basis for City patrols, being used to shore up the Police at times of major events and when they are needed in the event of a flare-up of crime.