Prime Minister Hon. Dean Barrow and the Government of Belize join the rest of the nation in expressing deepest condolences to the family of Special Constable (SC) Danny Conorquie, murdered in the line of duty while seeking to guard and protect Belizean patrimony.
A press release from the Government of Belize Press Office stated that the Prime Minister has spoken personally to SC Conorquie’s next of kin, and offered every assurance that the ultimate sacrifice made by this Belizean hero will not be forgotten.
Special Constable Danny Conorquie
“While nothing can bring him back or properly console his loved ones, the Government commits to looking after the financial welfare of his immediate survivors,” stated the release.
At the same time as expressing sorrow, the Government of Belize also expresses outrage at the heinous nature of the killing, and condemns the perpetrators of the dastardly act. There are reasons to believe that Guatemalan nationals may be responsible for the shooting and this has been communicated to the Guatemalan Authorities and the OAS. The Guatemalan Foreign Minister expressed his government’s regret over the death of the Belizean Special Constable and offered full collaboration in the effort to bring the perpetrators to justice.
The press release continues on stating that every effort will continue to be made to strengthen the security arrangements in the border areas. It was only last Friday, after much planning, that the Belize Defence Force (BDF) launched Operation Incisive Gallop, designed to clear illegal incursions into our national territory. The first of three new border outposts is nearing completion, and the BDF’s capacity to deploy security forces more rapidly and effectively in the jungle is also being reviewed.
The Government of Belize stressed it is determined to do everything possible to safeguard Belizeans and to prevent any repetition of harm to its security personnel.