Thursday, July 25, 2024

90 days later, police houses still not relocated as promised by the SPTC


One of the major challenges faced by the public officers at the San Pedro Police Department is housing. For years, they have been forced to live in sub-standard conditions inside severely dilapidated structures. In March, the San Pedro Business Association (SPBA) decided to hand over two wooden structures to the police, which the San Pedro Town Council then promised to move on the weekend of March 21st and 22nd. 90 days after promising to move the homes, the SPTC still has not done so.
Police Barracks-11The houses, once utilized by the Belize National Coast Guard, have been sitting in a private yard in the San Pablo Area. SPBA founding member Elito Arceo, along with a group of community members, had planned to assist in the relocation of the homes in March. The group had committed to renovate the buildings before handing them over to the police as living quarters. However, the SPTC stepped in and promised to do so that same weekend. Since then, there have been all sorts of setbacks, and 90 days later, the two structures still remain empty and un-moved.
Arceo said that not only is it disappointing, but unfortunate that it has taken so long to move the two small buildings, something that could be feasibly in two days. “It is very unfortunate that despite the Mayor saying he was going move it, he still has not done so. Had we moved the two much needed buildings, they could now be in use by the police. A few members of the community of San Pedro were willing to donate their time and machinery to move the buildings in good faith since it would help the community and officers to better fight crime and show solidarity to our officers who are tasked to protect our community, something that is affecting each and every person on the island.”
The SPTC said that the two buildings were to be moved with the coordination of Deputy Mayor Gabriel “Gaby Nuñez. He has maintained that the relocation of the buildings will be done after the new barracks currently under construction behind the Police Station is complete.

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