JPs help police with curfew

The Island Newspaper, Ambergris Caye, Belize            Vol. 15, No. 3            January 20, 2005

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The Justices of the Peace in San Pedro united this past Wednesday in an attempt to assist Mayor Elsa Paz, and the San Pedro Police Department, in implementing the curfew on the island. As of last Thursday, these dedicated appointees were seen in full force, working hand-in-hand with police officers.

     Last Wednesday, at the Justice of the Peace meeting, it was decided that they needed to play an active role in the implementation of the curfew on the island. It was said that although the curfew has not been executed it was still in effect and that it was not solely the responsibility of the officers on the island

     On November 9th and 10th, 2004, Assistant Commissioner of Police Maureen Leslie visited San Pedro and shed light on all the questions the curfew raised. She stated that police officers accompanied Justices of the Peace and/or Social workers while they enforce the curfew hours. Justices of the Peace on the island are now taking an active role in making this happen. Their meeting last week was one of organization; one aimed to help the juvenile crime problem on Ambergris Caye. All Justices agreed to organize regular patrols and to go on them with officers.

     It was highly visible last week with officers and members of the Justice of the Peace organized and set out on foot patrols and visited all areas of San Pedro on the police truck. The San Pedro Sun joined Mayor Elsa Paz on Friday evening when she took an active role going on the patrols. "Our job will be to help with the juveniles, especially the girls," said Mayor Paz. The JPs will be patrolling in pairs, one man and one woman.

     The curfew has been set for all persons under the age of 16 and anyone found on the streets after 9:00 p.m. without being accompanied by an adult is liable for questioning.

     All Justices of the Peace are asked to attend a special meeting tonight, January 20th, 2004 at the San Pedro Town Hall to discuss a new patrol schedule and to cast votes for the new board. All Justices of the Peace are asked to make an extra effort to attend.
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