12 eyes to combat crime in Belize City Print E-mail
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Thursday, 01 June 2017 00:00

Over the past few months, the police department in Belize City has been going through the process of installing a new set of surveillance cameras at strategic points of the south side of the city and on Monday May 29 they were officially inaugurated.

According to the Officer Commanding of South Side Belize City, Assistant Commissioner Chester Williams, there are 11 of 12 cameras which have already been installed and are currently active. These cameras are monitored on a 24 hour basis from the Racoon Street police station and provide the department with powerful zoom cameras to keep watch in hotspots across the city.

The cameras come at a cost of $135,000 which was secured by Williams who approached various business communities who contributed the finances for the purchase of 12 cameras. Each of the cameras comes at a cost of 5 thousand dollars with installation costing 9 thousand dollars.

The police department has put in a request for an additional 16 cameras which will hopefully be provided by the U.S. state department and next year through the Central American  Bank for Economic Integration (CABEI) and additional 100 cameras will be put in place to offer full coverage across the city.