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#401551 - 03/03/11 03:31 PM Police Awarded For Catching America’s Most Wanted
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Many of America's most wanted are caught in Belize. Maybe the fugitives come here because it is the only other English speaking country on the American Mainland south of Texas, or maybe it's easy to lie low, or maybe it's a great place to spend your last days of freedom.

Whatever the case, the United States government is grateful and today a US Marshall came to Belmopan to personally award three officer who were instrumental in catching an accused - now convicted killer named Patrick Anthony Brown. Constable Nervin Velez, Sergeant Sherwood Wade and Corporal Robert Martinez were each given special wards today in a ceremony at the Us embassy in Belmopan. 7news was there:..

H.E. Vinai Thummalapally, United States Ambassador to Belize
"We are grateful for all their hard work and proud of their recognition by the marshall service. The fugitive that they help to capture was wanted for stabbing a man to death in Boston back in 1995. And was hiding in southern Belize. However, with the help of the community and these police officers. Patrick Brown was brought to justice. He pleads guilty and now faces a mandatory life sentence in prison."

Police Minister Doug Singh
"I think where quick think in and recognizing the individual those was about to get on a boat I believe to head off to Guatemala and I believe he had in his possession and Costarican, and what might have been a fake Costarican passport because it had someone else name on it.

"That the quick thinking and the actions of the officer I think definitely contributed to him being captured and faces justice at the end of the day and we congratulate you for that. I am particularly in this occasion because I think you made us proud as a department, beyond the recognition you have gotten for yourself and for that we are grateful."

H.E. Vinai Thummalapally, United States Ambassador to Belize
"Last year alone, fourteen fugitives were return to the united states with Belize ranking number two worldwide in fugitive returns."

Police Minister Doug Singh
"I was unaware that we were number two and I guess I was not keeping track of the numbers that was fourteen. That is a little bit alarming in one context to believe that such a small country can have so many people or we can be almost to the top the list of the individuals that has to be return."

Jules Vasquez
"Should there be some quid pro quo, we do so much leg work for the united states in their pursuit of justice. Should there be at the other end some work done for us or some equivalent reciprocal effort?"

Police Minister Doug Singh
"Well there are in some cases perhaps we can say it may not be enough, certainly we can us more, in particular, in the context in policing, but you are aware that the CARSI (central American regional security initiative), I think we have approximately five million Belize dollars we can draw, I might be wrong on the number but it might be greater than that, that we can actually draw down in a number of areas, it's not just for police but it also goes for prisons it goes for coastguards and other areas in the judiciary and they have been supporting it. It takes a little bit of work to try and get the funds, but they have been supportive. I certainly think we can get more, when you compare to what regionally, I think we do get a small amount and I think our geography location should give us an greater level of importance, because we are an important part of that funnel that leads right into Mexico."

The Central American Regional Security Initiative is considered so deficient for some central American countries that an autonomous security mechanism is being put together as a matter of urgency by SICA. Central American - Belize included - is now considered the most deadly region on earth…

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#401553 - 03/03/11 03:32 PM Re: Police Awarded For Catching America’s Most Wanted [Re: Marty]
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Three cops awarded by U.S. for capturing America’s Most Wanted

In recent times Belize has become a haven for US fugitives. Many have been captured and handed over to the United States; in fact, Belize places second globally among the countries that have sent back the highest number of fugitives. Two celebrated cases are the arrests of Robert Snyder and Derrick Yancey. News Five’s Jose Sanchez reports on an award given to police officers, who played a role to capture America’s Most Wanted.

Jose Sanchez, Reporting

Constable Nervin Veliz, Sergeant Sherwood Wade and Corporal Robert Martinez were honored with the U.S. Marshals Service Award for Investigative Excellence because they captured Patrick Brown, one of America’s Most Wanted Fugitives in February 2010. The Minister of Police explained how Brown was captured.

Doug Singh

Doug Singh, Minister of Police

“I think that quick thinking in recognizing the individual who was about to get on a boat to head off to Guatemala and I believe he had in his possession what might have been a fake Costa Rican passport because it had another name on it—that the quick thinking and the actions of the officers I think definitely contributed to him being captured and facing justice at the end of the day and we congratulate you for that.”

Vinai Thummalapally, U.S. Ambassador

Vinai Thummalapally

“Last year, the US Marshalls Service presented awards to forty law enforcement officers from more than ten countries around the world at the Twelfth Annual International Fugitive Investigators Conference in Toronto, Canada. Three of those officers are here today with us, recipients of these awards. We’re honored to have them here today. We are grateful for all their hard work and proud of their recognition by the Marshall Service. The fugitive that they helped to capture was wanted for stabbing a man to death in Boston back in 1995 and was hiding in southern Belize. However, with the help of the community and these police officers, Patrick Brown was brought to justice. He pled guilty and now faces a mandatory life sentence in prison. Last year alone, fourteen fugitives were returned to the United States with Belize ranking number 2 worldwide in fugitive returns.”

Belize used to be American fugitives best kept secret. But the truth is exposed as even John Walsh, the host of America’s Most Wanted was obligated to film an episode in Belize.

John Walsh

John Walsh, Host, America’s Most Wanted (File: February 3rd, 2009)

“I’m here to celebrate a great capture. I’ve been looking for a convicted child molester named Robert Snyder for years. He fled from the United States. He was a chess teacher and he molested several boys and he fled the United States and we found out that he came here to Belize. I’ve caught fugitives all over the world. They go to a smaller country and think that they can hide; they can melt away into society. I think Miguel Segura said it best, the Assistant Commissioner, he said this sends a message to fugitives who think they can hide in Belize. They can run here but they can’t hide. I’m John Walsh and I’m here in Belize because the Belize Police helped me take down an international fugitive. Watch America’s Most Wanted right here on Channel Five.”

Belize, often described as the perfect getaway, is anything but that for American fugitives. Reporting for News Five, Jose Sanchez.


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