The Belize Police Department has 23 newly graduated Special Constable Tourism Police Officers of which twelve are coming to San Pedro Town. After having promised a recruitment of new officers to place extra officers in San Pedro, COMPOL Chester Williams officially sworn in 23 persons as newly Special Constable Tourism Police at the National Police Training Academy in a closing ceremony on Thursday, August 8, 2019.
These 23 newly Special Constable Tourism Police Officers came from various districts in our country, went through a recent rigorous three week physical, educational training and at their completion, will placed at specific places such as San Pedro & Placencia to perform their professional duties. This special recruitment came about with the recent spike of crime especially on the island.
These Special Constables did an additional training in firearm handling and usage, as well as training in tourism related crimes. Special recognition & awards were given to the top persons in the written examination & fire arm shooting - Sheldon Arzu, Charles Kent Garcia, Kevin Laing & Windfield Mortis.