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On Tuesday, May 2, 2017, the North Police Department Sub Station was officially inaugurated and re-opened! Master of Ceremonies, PC Harris Gabourel, initiated the ceremonies with the National Anthem of Belize which followed by an invocation by Pastor Clive Welsh, who prayed for guidance upon our leaders and officials.
Following the invocation, Officer in Charge of the Eastern Division, Assistant Commissioner of Police, Desiree Philips gave the opening remarks at the event, where she expressed her sincere appreciation for the interest of both the local authorities and the residents/business owners of the area in allocating the finances to finally have a substation in the area. She strongly stressed that the Police Department and the community should come together in the efforts to end crime in the island.
Mayor Daniel Guerrero was invited to the podium for his remarks, where he expressed his enthusiasm for this much needed substation in the North area of the island, now that it has become more popular to tourists and locals alike.
Guest speaker Rob Eykelbeysh, President of North Ambergris Caye Neighborhood Watch (NACNW), also gave a few words of appreciation. He was very excited that the substation was now re-opened and looks forward to working with future endeavors to further assist the Police Department in keeping the neighborhood safe.
Officer in Charge of the Coastal Executive Unit for San Pedro and Caye Caulker, Assistant Superintendent Henry Jemmott gave the closing remarks, where he acknowledged the presence of the substation will help in reducing crime in the area and will also facilitate residents and tourists alike in making reports when and if they need to.
After the speeches, the cutting of the ribbon followed to officially inaugurate the substation.
And lastly, after the ribbon cutting ceremony, the San Pedro Police Department was presented with three motorcycles, two of them which were donated by the SPTC and and one donated from the NACNW. The officers gave a demonstration as they rode off to town for patrol in their new bikes!