Swamped by a rising tide of crime Belize is reaching out for assistance to foreign donors and the government of Canada has come forward with the donation of a Ballistic Identification System to help the local police improve crime fighting capabilities.
An official press release issued today by the Ministry of National Security says:
The Government and People of Belize are receiving much-needed assistance from friendly governments and international agencies as we continue to fight against crime and violence in order to restore safety and security throughout our communities.
This coming Friday, 12 October 12, inauguration ceremonies will be held for an Integrated Ballistic Identification System donated to Belize by the Canadian Government.
The donation constitutes a complete system (IBIS Brass Trax -3D) with full capability to collect, store, compare, analyze and prepare conclusive reports on ballistic evidence to assist law enforcement authorities in investigation, prosecution and conviction of persons involved in firearm related crimes.
The official handover will be done by Canadian Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Hon. Diane Ablonczy, who is also the main guest speaker for the event and will be visiting Belize for two days, Friday and Saturday, 12 and 13 October 2012.
Also speaking at the ceremonies, and receiving the donation on behalf of Belize, will be Minister of National Security, Hon. John Saldivar, who returns to the country that same day from a week-long official trip abroad.
Presentations to ministers of both governments will be made by Chief Forensic Analyst, Genoveva Marin. The vote of thanks will be delivered by former Minister of Police and Public Safety, Mr. Douglas Singh.
The ceremony will be held at the National Forensic Science facility in Ladyville this Friday, October 12, 2012, starting at 11:00 am.