1 Million Dollar Donation in Equipment to the Belize Police Department Print E-mail
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Friday, 05 October 2018 00:00

Diplomatic relations between the governments of Belize and the Republic of China (Taiwan) have seen countless benefits. From financial investments in numerous educational and agricultural developments to plenty of scholarship opportunities for Belizean students to study in Taiwan, Belize has been the recipient of a plethora of donations.

The latest donation, valued at $1,000,000, came in the form of 105 all-terrain motorcycles along with other crime fighting equipment such as helmets, drones, handheld radios, body cameras and several others. It was gifted to the Belize Police Department and is a part of Taiwan’s Government’s commitment to Belize’s development and national security. In 2017, the then Minister of Home Affairs, Hon. Wilfred Elrington, lobbied on behalf of the Police Department and it is this year that equipment were handed over.

At the donation ceremony on Thursday, September 27, 2018 at the ITVET Compound, Ambassador of Taiwan to Belize H.E. Charles Liu handed over the items. Accepting the donation were Minister of State in the Ministry of Foreign and Home Affairs was Hon. Elodio Aragon Jr., and Commissioner of Police, Allen Whylie.

COMPOL Whylie stated that, “We are very pleased to have received these items which includes 105 Lifan Motorcycles; 210 motorcycle helmets; 210 body worn cameras; 2 Cellebrite machines; a Risograph machine; drones; computers; a laptop computer; 100 hand-held radios. In addition to these equipment on display here, the department will also be receiving, very shortly, 2,500 handcuffs and pouches, 60 body armor ballistic vests, as well as 30 hand-held breath alcohol testers, which have been ordered and they are on their way.”

While the 105 cycles and other equipment will be distributed countrywide, the bulk of them will be used by the SPU, GSU and MIT to strengthen operations particularly in the city. The body cameras will also be used specifically by the GSU and other like units when carrying out operations. Minister Aragon says, “We believe body cams will go a long way to ensure that the Belize Police Department or the police officer is doing the job the way they should be doing it and likewise we could always have something to go back to in terms of allegations made against the police officer, in terms of abuse of their power or their authority and how they operate whilst on duty.”

Ambassador Charles Liu, once an officer of the law in Taiwan, says that he is committed to security initiatives in Belize. “We are going to see that the Commissioner makes the best, makes the most of every cent of the donations. He is going to procure all the necessary supplies and equipment for our police force. And today, we see the marvelous result. I can understand the hardships, the difficulties, and the tough job that the Belize Police Department has to deal with. So, I can understand and that is why we have to work together. So, that is why I want to make the effort to contribute everything I can for the Department, so that we can work for the safety and security of Belize and its people. I just want to say that you are my sisters and you are my brothers.  All ah we dah one.”