Friday, June 21, 2024

Belize Crime Observatory

United States-funded UNDP-InfoSegura Project Invests in Belize’s Future Crime Intelligence Architecture

In support of Belize’s effort to enhance its national security and strengthen inter-agency crime-data sharing, the U.S. Embassy presided over a donation that included a high-powered Dell server and three Dell workstations with high-quality monitors on July 28, 2022. This equipment will support improvements in data management by the Belize Police Department and the National Forensic Science Service. The goal is to strengthen inter-agency data sharing, through the Belize Crime Observatory— the national repository of crime data and information—so that criminal investigations can be swift, thorough, and assure justice.

NGOs condemn Domestic and Sexual Violence against Women and Children and calls for collective response to break the vicious cycle

Recent news reports support what, as a society, we already know: far too many women and children are victims of domestic and sexual violence. The Belize Network of Non-Governmental Organizations joins in the condemnation of these acts. Fully cognizant that no one entity can grapple with the various aspects related to domestic and sexual violence, the BNN publicly commits itself to participating in a renewed collective response to identify targeted actions to address these issues.

The Belize Crime Observatory Announces Winners of the 2021 Media Awards for Excellence in Crime Reporting

The Media Awards is a follow-up to the Crime Data Reporting Workshop, hosted by the Belize Crime Observatory in March 2020, with sponsorship from USAID and support from UNDP, through the Infosegura Project. During that workshop, Media professionals from print, broadcast and online media mapped out several story ideas for future coverage. The concepts envisioned investigative work and collaboration with peers on a range of topics related to crime and violence and were judged by several communications and media experts in Belize.

USAID-funded InfoSegura strengthens data management and administrative capacity of the Belize Crime Observatory

On Tuesday, 20 April 2021, the Ministry of Home Affairs & New Growth Industries received US$15,205 worth of Information Communication Technology (ICT) Equipment, including a high-powered Dell server, 3 Dell workstations, with high-quality monitors, procured under the USAID-funded “Evidence-Based Information Management for Citizen Security in Central America and the Dominican Republic” Project (also known as the InfoSegura Project).

Capacities within the Belize Crime Observatory are Strengthened for Inter-Agency Collaboration

The Ministry of National Security received 15 Dell Notebooks and accessories procured under the USAID-funded “Evidence-based Information Management for Citizen Security in Central America and the Dominican Republic” Project (also known as the InfoSegura Project). The project supports interventions and policies that aim to strengthen crime and justice data platforms in Belize and at the regional level, including working to support the formulation of evidenced-based policies and decisions. The project is being implemented in Belize by the United Nations Development Programme with the Ministry of National Security as the Implementing Partner.

Journalists participate in crime data workshop

The meeting was hosted by the Belize Crime Observatory (BCO), under the Ministry of National Security at the Coastal Zone Management, Authority and Institute’s training room. Several presentations took place, touching on topics from the state of crime in the country, to forensic reports and the Kolbe Foundation at the Belize Central Prison.

Police claim a reduction in major crime for the first six months of 2019

The Belize Police Department is yet to issue their mid-year crime statistics, but during a gathering on Monday, July 15th they claimed that compared to the same period in 2018, there is an 18% reduction in major crimes. However, that claim does not include the many Belizeans that have gone missing and are feared dead.

Belize Sex Offender Registry Launched

The Belize Crime Observatory introduced the new online portal to social workers, educators, law enforcement officials, civil rights groups, non-governmental agencies and other interested parties at a sensitization session at the Radisson Fort George Hotel Belize City on Tuesday morning, November 17.