On Friday, January 5, Mayor Elsa Paz along with Deputy Mayor Nano Guerrero and other Town Councilors met with the Commissioner of Police Gerald Westby at the Mayor’s office.
The purpose of this meeting was to carefully examine the recent concerns brought to the Council by members of this community and tourists alike. Some of the topics discussed included the recent wave of harassment of tourists by non-desirables, the increase of burglaries, the role of the tourism police, and the overall protection of the residents and tourists of Ambergris Caye.
In response to these concerns a meeting has been scheduled for February 6, so that the Commissioner may hear these concerns first-hand from the community. It was agreed that a local liaison committee be formed (including a member of the Council) to bring these concerns directly to the Commissioner. Mr. Westby also assured the town leaders that the police department will study these cases and adjustments will be made to help alleviate the problems presently being faced on the island.