Caye Caulker protest on Thursday

Tuesday, October 6th, 2009

The Caye Caulker Neighbourhood Watch Program Limited (C.C.N.W.P.L.), firstly, would like publicly express its heartfelt condolences to the Young and Badillo families on the untimely passing of Mrs. Lorleen Young. Mrs. Young will always be remembered in our thoughts and prayers as a woman that was loved by many.
Secondly, time and time again there have been reports by tourists and residents alike of criminal activity or intended criminal activity on Caye Caulker to the Caye Caulker Police Department. On numerous occasions these calls for assistance to the Caye Caulker Police Department have gone unanswered and uninvestigated. Time and time again tourists and villagers have been turned away or actively discouraged by the Caye Caulker Police Department not to report any attempted wrongdoing or criminal activity on the island. There are further allegations that many officers of the Caye Caulker Police Department are in collusion with various persons who are connected to criminal or drug related activity.

The C.C.N.W.P.L. appeals to Hon. Manuel Heredia – Area Representative for Caye
Caulker and San Pedro – Minister of Tourism, Civil Aviation and Culture; the
Belize Tourism Board; the Commissioner of the Police Department – Crispin
Jeffries for a full and immediate replacement of all members of the Caye Caulker
Police Department as this police contingent presently stationed on the island
has had the worst performance of any police contingent ever in the history of
Caye Caulker. This must be done to safeguard the interests of Caye Caulker’s
tourist industry.

Finally, the C.C.N.W.P.L. also asks all residents of Caye Caulker to participate in a “March Against Crime” walk on Thursday, October 9th at 2:00 p.m. at the Central Park to express their solidarity in combating crime on Caye Caulker. Together we must protect Caye Caulker.

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