New Combat Strategy for Police Department Print E-mail
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Written by Shane D. Williams   
Thursday, 24 May 2012 00:00

ACP Alden Dawson and Eludion Aragon, Jr.The Belize Police Department held a press conference on Tuesday, May 22, to brief the media on the early results of their investigation into the killing of eleven-year-old Daniel Matura, Jr. During the press conference, their response efficiency came into question. Perhaps, it was unfair to the department since they were coming off a weekend in which they caught a murder suspect minutes after the crime (Andrew Willoughby) and intercepted a robbery in progress (Bayview Oasis).  However, Elodio Aragon, Jr., Assistant Commissioner of Police and Officer Commanding Eastern Division, shared some of the department’s plans with the media.

The Belize Police Department had divided Belize City into six police zones. A patrol would cover the entire stretch of one of those six zones. In an effort to improve efficiency, the department will further divide those zones. There will be eleven police zones. The department is expecting to receive ten new vehicles from the United States Embassy at the end of May. There will be one patrol vehicle per each zone, making it easier to cover the areas. In addition, two task forces have been established to focus specifically on individuals that are being the most disruptive and destructive. Such individuals will be under the police microscope. The department will also increase its stop-and-search operations and revisit patrol routines. 

Assistant Commissioner of Police and Officer Commanding CIB, Alden Dawson, wished to thank the public for their recent support. According to Dawson, the department is receiving more information from the public in recent weeks and it has led to numerous arrests and recovery of goods.