New police station/barracks discussed

The Island Newspaper, Ambergris Caye, Belize            Vol. 12, No. 26            July 11, 2002

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The lack of proper barracks for the San Pedro police force has been an agenda item for the San Pedro Citizens Advisory Committee (SPCAC) for the past few years. Last week, Commissioner of Police (ComPol) Carmen Zetina, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for the Ministry of Home Affairs Allan Usher and architect Luis Mendez paid a visit to San Pedro to discuss this and several other issues with the committee.

At the meeting, the ComPol and the CEO announced that the Government of Belize is considering moving the police station and selling the land where it is currently situated. They stated if this was approved, the money generated from the sale could be used to build a new police station and help finance the police barracks needed.

The government representatives also met separately with SPCAC chairman Bill Wilkinson regarding his offer to donate his services as a private citizen and contractor in the construction of the barracks. It was mentioned that possibly the police station and police barracks could both be situated on the fire station compound lot. Mr. Wilkinson stated that the construction design and materials were discussed and that government's plans were to do a "paper survey" of the building lot to determine what would be feasible for this construction.

The representatives from government then met with town council to discuss the same topics. It was reported the government's decision whether to sell the police station land would be announced in the near future.



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