Cayo BTIA announces new linkages Print E-mail
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Thursday, 15 March 2018 00:00

It has been announced by the Cayo Belize Tourism Association that it recently had a very productive and promising meeting with Officer Commanding Anthony Richard Rosado and his Deputy Daniel Iche from the San Ignacio Police Formation.

The BTIA Cayo Chapter release states: [we] look forward to a new partnership along with the People’s Coalition, The SI/SE [San Ignacio and Santa Elena] Town Board, and the business community to start a business watch in the Twin Towns and surrounding villages, and see how we can lobby for better equipment and working conditions for our Cayo formation.

Moving forward, the BTIA Cayo Chapter  will be presenting some Cayo Safety  and Crime plans at their next meeting on the 22nd of March, 5:30 pm, at the Cahal Pech Village Resort in  San Ignacio Town.

Superintendent Richard Rosado says that such endeavors are most welcome.

“I share the notion that we police with the consent of the community and an essential prerequisite for successful implementation of the community policing concept is to consult and engage key stakeholders and improve the system of collaboration so as to address issues of concerns in relation to policing and community safety.

The long serving Officer in Charge of the San Ignacio Police Formation adds, “Policing requires that all stakeholders come together to meet the challenges, creating partnership and finding solution on issues pertaining to community safety and policing in general.”

Last Thursday after the municipal elections, Belize’s Prime Minister, the Hon. Dean Barrow also commented on the need for this police and community relationship.

“When you begin to concentrate on the Police there’s got to be more of an effort made to involve the community. …Let me just say that the notion that [the crime problem] can be solved solely on the basis of hard charging, the Police going full tilt at the supposed criminals, in my view is passé. There has got to be a mix that will involve the communities in these neighborhoods in a real way and that can’t happen if these very communities see the Police as enemies.”

In San Ignacio, the Police Formation has a number of community outreach programs occurring almost simultaneously, such as the Community Policing Unit, the Cayo Neighborhood Watch Association, the People’s Coalition of Cayo, the Youth Cadet Corps as well as the Special Constables Program. The Cayo BTIA’s new signal in joining forces towards a common security is more than welcome.