Police receive Mobile Command Center from Taiwan Government

On Wednesday the Police Department received a mobile command center called a “Peace Caravan” and related radio communication equipment from the local Embassy of the Republic of China (Taiwan). Ambassador David Wu explains the purpose of the equipment.

H.E. David Wu – Taiwanese Ambassador to Belize:

vlcsnap-2013-08-29-13h29m38s157vlcsnap-2013-08-29-14h02m29s121Indeed, crime is a social problem that spares no country, and only through strong cooperation both nationally and internationally can it be combated.  We happy to provide the Mobile Command Centers, and also the repeaters, for communication, which should allow for better communication between officers in the field and their headquarters, to relay messages and receive commands.  Furthermore, the Mobile Command Centers will be integral, to identify target and interdict major criminal gangsters, thereby ultimately reducing the level of crime in Belize.  Whether providing ample storage and work space for crime scene management and evidence collection, or communication work stations, and traffic control coordination, to providing efficiency for SWAT personnel, as well as their weapons and equipment, these Mobile Command Centers will become handy to further assist field officers to respond rapidly to any situation.

Minister of National Security John Saldivar received the equipment on behalf of the Police Department. He also did a little boasting about the reduction of the crime rate since a low point in January of this year when four young men were brutally murdered in the George Street territory. According to the Minister, this was achieved with the assistance of the wider society and particularly the Taiwanese.

Hon. John Saldivar – Minister of National Security:

vlcsnap-2013-08-29-13h40m16s55vlcsnap-2013-08-29-13h27m03s160We can say now that it’s undeniable that we have made great progress in our fight against crime, and we must continue to make strides.  This equipment and the Mobile Center are going to contribute greatly to the efforts of the Police Department in this respect. This contribution from the Taiwanese Government is a part of a total contribution to the Ministry of National Security and the police department of US$120,000, that has been donated for various things, among them what we see here being handed over today.  Also included in the contribution that will come out of this money is $190,000 towards the construction of the new Belmopan Police Station

Minister Saldivar also noted that a plan is in place for decentralization of police work in the districts following the plan in Belize City.

Hon. John Saldivar – Minister of National Security:

vlcsnap-2013-08-29-13h25m11s224The Belize Police Department continues to organize and reorganize, strategize and re-strategize, to better improve the policing and to make our communities safer.  I can say to you today that after what we believe is a resounding success of the Precinct Policing Concept here in Belize City, the commissioner of police will very shortly be unveiling a similar program in the districts, for the decentralization of police services, similar to what has been done here in Belize City.

All this means interim Commissioner of Police Allen Whylie, who took office the same week as the George Street murders, has been confirmed in his post.

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