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The Police Station Before The Fire
No homeowner wants to be on the list kept by Code Enforcement Officers for a house deemed uninhabitable, but Crooked Tree Village does not have Code Enforcement Officers, and the house I am speaking about is the Crooked Tree Village Police Station.

This morning the villagers of Crooked Tree woke up to a smoldering Police Station. The deplorable Police Station was burned down by unknown arsonists who fled the scene.

For many years now the Crooked Tree Police Station has been literally falling down. For many years the village has been promised a new building by the government of Belize, but it remains just that, a promise. 
Corporal Donald Gillett, the police officer assigned to Crooked Tree Village has been conducting the business of the government from his private home. This is a huge problem; because there is no holding cell at his home to house suspects he cannot make an arrest. Instead, he has to call in the policemen from Ladyville Police Detachment, a village about twenty three miles from Crooked Tree Village.

Crooked Tree Villagers have been frustrated for many years by the lack of an adequate police station, and to make matters worse, this village of about 1100 people does not even have a functioning Village Council to assist the residents in times of crisis.

About five years ago, the villagers got their hopes up that the government was going to build a new police station. Tenders were issued for bids and up until the time of the fire no one has heard a word from the government of Belize. Successive governments have promised to address the issue, but the villagers of Crooked Tree continue to wait. Until today, Crooked Tree Village has had one of the most dilapidated and dysfunctional police station in the country of Belize.

Year after year the government of Belize promise to build a new building, and year after year nothing happens.

If there is no functioning village council to work for the village and no police station, I think the only alternative for the villagers is to set up neighborhood representatives.

A boarded up dilapidated government building makes the village and everything around it look horrible. In normal communities it takes one dilapidated house or building on a block to cause the others to be affected.

The two storey wooden building was built in 1949 on a contract to a villager, Lee Brown. The first floor held the office and holding cell and the second floor held the living quarters for the police in residence. But for many years now, it remains an unpainted, decaying eyesore, boarded up behind a fenced yard surrounded by weeds.

This is a huge problem for one of the largest villages in Belize. The villagers of Crooked Tree Village demand a new police station from the government of Belize!!!
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Oh man! that first photo of the station is a winner. wow!

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