Cayo now has New Evidence Room Print E-mail
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Thursday, 25 April 2013 00:00

L-R Albert Moore, Joseph Boski and Superintendent Ralf Moody look on  as the ribbon is cutPolitical and Economic Section Chief Joseph Boski, from the United States Embassy in Belmopan officially delivered the keys of a new evidence room in San Ignacio Town to Superintendent of Police Ralph Moody on April 18th, 2013. The fully air conditioned room is adjacent to the San Ignacio Police Station.

The new Evidence Room is the product of about two years of work by the People’s Coalition of Cayo (PCC) and is derived from the transformation of a forty foot container that had been donated by the United States Embassy.

Cutting the ribbons to the Evidence Room last Thursday were Senior Superintendent Ralph Moody, PCC Chairman Albert Moore and Joseph Boski. Present for the occasion was the Minister of State and Representative for the Cayo North Division, Hon. Elvin Penner.

The opening of a new evidence room at the San Ignacio Police Station opens up new sets of opportunities--towards more convictions. The room now has shelves and allows for forensic material to be more efficiently labeled. A police sergeant will now be assigned with responsibility of the evidence room, providing selective access to the evidence material in order to attain better credibility in court. The time taken for the retrieval of evidence material for the court will also be cut substantially.
Joseph Boski reminded that the evidence room will offer new opportunities.

“…We need to get convictions, we need to take the evidence that the police gathers and to make sure that evidence is categorized correctly, it is passed to prosecutors and leads to conviction,” he said.

Much assistance for the evidence room was obtained from the Central American Regional Security Initiative CARSI, a hundred and fifty million US dollar per year program. According to Boski, since 2008, over fifteen million dollars has gone into Belize. CARSI looks at the law enforcement, the rule of law and citizen security challenges in Belize.

“We share the Western Hemisphere and Central America, right now because of its location, geographic location, is facing significant challenges that we don’t believe they should or even can take on by themselves”, reported the Political and Economic Section Chief, to the audience, at last week’s handing over ceremony of the Evidence Room.

While the CARSI contributions to the evidence room was only a “drop” as Boski termed it, many people have also become involved over the last two years; from Superintendent Louise Willis and Clyde Williams, to Superintendent Ralf Moody, who now holds the position of Officer Commanding, the San Ignacio Police Formation.

Additional impetus for the New Evidence Room also came from a team of concerned citizens, who gave unselfishly of their time and money. PCC Chairman Albert Moore recognized those citizens last week and include as follows: Margaret Bevis; Bart Mickler, Miriam Ochaeta, Sherry Gibbs, Elsworth Genus, Angel Portillo, Cess Flowers, Eugene Burns, Omar Tut, Gregory Shropshire, Rosita Arvigo, Elvis Winsor, Santiago Juan, Julian Sherrard, Amin Bedran, Abdallah Bedran, George Heedly, Jeovanni Fernandez, Lucy Flemming, Mary Cariddi and others. The San Ignacio and Santa Elena Town Board assisted in the preparation of the site for the evidence room.

Having brought the Evidence Room to full fruition, the PCC now moves on to other projects to boost the work of the San Ignacio Police Formation.

“We do it without fear or favor, with a single purpose to help the police make our communities safer, to [make] it a better place to live, raise our children, to host our guests to do business,” stated Albert Moore last Thursday. The PCC has monthly meetings to advise and support the Police.