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#450145 - 10/31/12 07:30 AM New Police Substation Inaugurated in San Roman
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On Monday October 29, 2012, a new Police Sub-Station was inaugurated in the village of San Roman in the Orange Walk District.

Financed by the Government of Belize, the building was constructed within six months at a cost of $285,000. The top floor is living quarters for the Officer in Charge and his family, while the ground floor houses a public area, offices for the Police, a cafeteria, dorms for Police officers, and a cell block.

In his address delivered at the inaugural ceremonies, Minister of National Security Hon. John Saldivar stated, “We will continue to equip our Police Officers across this country, so that they can deliver the best possible service to you the People of Belize.”

“It is without a doubt that we face in these challenging times a serious crime crisis across this country,” Minister Saldivar added. “That crime crisis is not one that appeared in only the last few months, or even the last few years. It is one that has been in the making perhaps for decades. And it will not take one day, a week or a month, or even perhaps a few years to solve this problem. It will take all of us working together, Government and community to solve the crime problem that faces us today.”

In closing, he told the villagers present: “I join the Commissioner of Police in asking you, the wonderful people of San Roman to help your Police here in your village, work along with the Police in your village, not only to maintain the building that we have, but also cooperate in order to fight crime in your area.”

Other addresses at the ceremony were delivered by Deputy Prime Minister and Area Representative for Orange Walk North, Hon. Gaspar Vega; Commissioner of Police, David Henderson; and San Roman Village Chairman, Manuel Novelo.

It is expected that the new Sub-Station will enhance the ability of law enforcement authorities in countering illegal cross-border activities along the Rio Hondo and to provide general Police services to San Roman and neighboring villages. This area had been without a Police station for more than six years.

#450148 - 10/31/12 07:48 AM Re: New Police Substation Inaugurated in San Roman [Re: Marty]
Marty Offline

New San Roman Police Station ready for business

A new Police Sub-Station was inaugurated in the village of San Roman in the Orange Walk District on Monday. And while P.U.P. Party Chairman made it clear he did not appreciate the Minister touring and opening station houses, it probably did not make John Saldivar any less satisfied to officially open the building which cost two hundred and eighty-five thousand dollars to construct. The top floor is living quarters for the Officer in Charge and his family, while the ground floor houses a public area, offices, a cafeteria, dorms for Police officers, and a cell block.  On hand at the ceremony with Saldivar was the Minister of Natural Resources Gaspar Vega.

John Saldivar, Minister of National Security

John Saldivar

“Definitely fits into our plans in terms of improving the services; in terms of providing better facilities for our police officers; in terms of providing a more permanent presence in the village and in the surrounding areas of San Roman. So it really fits into our plans to increase policing countrywide. And so we are very happy that we’ve been able to complete this building. This building contains facilities for the Officer in Charge and his family to live upstairs. It also has barrack space downstairs for additional officers who may have to spend the overnight or spend some time at the police station. It has a cafeteria, it has two holding cells, it has office space. So we feel very good about the design and we feel very good that we were able to do it within budget which is two hundred and eighty-five thousand dollars—a modest amount to pay for such a magnificent building.”

Gaspar Vega

Gaspar Vega, Minister of Natural Resources and Agriculture

“It is so satisfying to be able to celebrate the inauguration of such police station in San Roman—not only because it beautifies the village. First of all, it is so warm to as you get into the village, you see such a nice building, but more than ever, with the increasing criminal activities in our entire country, it brings a sort of peace in this country; security. It was more than five, six years I believe that we have not had a police station in San Roman and that was one of my most urgent promises that I had done to the people here and today it makes me feel good that I can accomplish one of my promises to them. Of course we need cooperation both from the Officer in Charge of this Station in San roman and the people of this entire village. I don’t see that as a big challenge though because we are lucky to be able to have a corporal by the name of Severo Vasquez who is a native of this village and he is the one who will be posted here. So I believe that the cooperation will be one that will be achieved easily.”

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