I didnt attend the meeting last night but I did attend the one earlier in the day with the SPBA. One of the suggestions that was mentioned at that meeting was that there would be an increase in tourist police, and that they would no longer be allowed to dictate that they would work 8-5. In other words, we would have tourist police (in theory) walking the beaches at night, riding bikes to patrol, assignments of officers to a particular area, etc. It was mentioned that if there are 12 policemen standing outside Big Daddy's at 3:00 am, it's likely that there is no one in the office to answer the phone. Same with 6 or 8 of them driving around in the pick up. These suggestions were made not by the attendees but by the police themselves, which I thought was a good start.

Personally, I think the suggestion made earlier by Amanda, Chris and maybe Simon was that any officers here need to be paid accordingly so that they can afford to live here and bring their families here. As long as they are compensated the same as every other officer in Belize, San Pedro will continue to be the "punishment posting". Better pay and living quarters, hand wash hand, just like every thing else here.....


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