Wednesday, May 22, 2024

Belize Defence Force

Cultivation of Narcotics and Deforestation reported in the Chiquibul National Park

The Friends for Conservation and Development (FCD), the guardians of the Chiquibul National Rainforest Reserve in western Belize, have reported the cultivation of narcotics, including Marijuana and coca plants, in the national park. The finding is worrisome as the activity is reported deeper in Belizean territory. Another problem is deforestation, which threatens the national park.

Over 900 illegal firearms destroyed by law enforcement officers

A record number of firearms were destroyed on Friday, January 19th, at the Police Training Academy in Belmopan City. The 900-plus illegal weapons were seized from across the country throughout the past years. The Firearm Destruction Initiative is a collaborative project between Belize's law enforcement agents, the Caribbean Community Implementation Agency for Crime and Security (CARICOM IMPACS), the Mine Advisory Group (MAG), and the British High Commission.

Belizean Troops Return from Military Exercise in the United States

Belizean troops returned from the United States on June 14, 2023 after participating in a three week combat training with U.S. military and international counterparts at Fort Polk, Louisiana. The group included 144 personnel from the Belize Defence Force and the Belize Coast Guard, who provided support for the training of units within the Louisiana National Guard’s Infantry Brigade Combat Team. A total of 5,509 military personnel from the United States and partner nations engaged in the exercise.

BDF Receives Communications Equipment to Increase Citizen Security

On May 15, 2023, the Ministry of Economic Development handed over communications equipment to the Belize Defence Force. Dr. Osmond Martinez, chief executive officer in the Ministry of Economic Development, presented the equipment, valued at BZ$146,450, to Hon. Oscar Mira, Minister of State in the Ministry of National Defence and Border Security.

BDF and Coast Guard Receive New Vehicles

Hon. Florencio Marin Jr., Minister of National Defence and Border Security, handed over two vehicles to the Belize Defence Force (BDF) and the Belize Coast Guard in a ceremony at the ministry’s compound on April 20. The acquisition of the vehicles, which will be for administrative use, is part of the ministry’s ongoing efforts to support both institutions in the areas of transportation and physical infrastructure, with the aim of ensuring the well-being of the men and women who serve in the military.

GOB Continues to Improve Quality of Life and Strengthen National Security through Infrastructural Investments

On March 27, the Ministry of Economic Development, through its Project Execution Unit of the Belize Integral Security Programme, held a groundbreaking ceremony for infrastructural investments made to assist the Belize Defence Force (BDF) at the Price Barracks in Ladyville in the execution of their duties.

BPD and BDF Receive Equipment to Increase Citizen Security

On November 15, 2022, Hon. John Briceño, Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, Economic Development, and Investment, handed over vehicles to the Belize Police Department (BPD) and computer equipment to the Belize Defence Force (BDF). The items were procured under the Belize Integral Security Programme (BISP), a BZ$60-million-dollar project funded by the Central American Bank for Economic Integration (CABEI), which is intended to strengthen the capacity of the BPD and BDF thereby enabling officers to provide increased security for citizens.

Remembrance Day in Belize honors fallen heroes

Sunday, November 13th, was observed as Remembrance Day in Belize and other Commonwealth countries in memory of all the men and women in service who fell in the line of duty during the first and second World Wars. A ceremony was held at the Fort George Memorial Park in Belize City, where wreaths were laid and tributes paid to those who fought for freedom.