Belizean law enforcement receives communications materials from U.S.-funded UNDP-InfoSegura project

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Posted: Saturday, July 30, 2022. 9:04 a.m. CST.

By Zoila Palma González: On Friday, the US Embassy presided over a donation including a high-powered Dell server and three Dell workstations with high-quality monitors to Belizean law enforcement.

“This equipment will support data management improvements by the Belize Police Department and the National Forensic Science Service. The aim 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 fast, thorough and secure justice,” a statement from the U.S. Embassy said.

Home Affairs and New Growth Industries Minister Kareem Musa received US$35,078 in Information and Communication Technology (ICT) equipment from US Embassy Representative Andie De Arment, political-economic leader.

The implementing partner, the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), was represented by the Belize official, Diane Wade.

This project was funded by the “Evidence-Based Information Management for Citizen Security in Central America and the Dominican Republic” project of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID); the implementing partner UNDP Belize purchased the equipment.

The regional InfoSegura project is an integral part of broader US efforts to improve citizen security in the region.

InfoSegura responds to the critical needs outlined in the BCO’s Strategic Action Plan (2020-2023), which envisions the establishment of a crime intelligence architecture by 2023.

U.S. Embassy Politico-Economic Chief Andie De Arment said, “We know that transparent communication and an established platform for intelligence sharing improves law enforcement investigations and increase the likelihood of prosecution, thereby ensuring justice for citizens. The ICT equipment donated to the Government of Belize today are new resources that will allow multiple agencies to access accurate, real-time information to follow the arc of justice, from investigation to prosecution.

Minister Kareem Musa said, “The Ministry of Home Affairs and New Growth Industries highly values ​​the relationship that has been nurtured over the years with UNDP and USAID, through the regional InfoSegura project. . This donation of ICT equipment builds on previous investments made by the US government to support rule of law infrastructure among multiple stakeholders. We are confident that these agencies will make the best possible use of the material provided, to improve the timely delivery of quality citizen security data and information to the Belize Crime Observatory and to advance the work of collaboration towards the establishment of Belize’s crime intelligence architecture by 2023, for the use of information in the implementation of evidence-based public policies.

UNDP Belize Program Officer Marilyn Pinelo-Lee said, “The United Nations Development Program, through the USAID-funded InfoSegura project, has been supporting BCO and its key partner agencies since May 2014. through the creation, strengthening and institutionalization of the BCO, deepening the joint implementation of gender-sensitive tools, evidence-based policy and decision-making and support for a national security strategy. Since its inception, the project has invested approximately US$796,000 in Belize. Donations of ICT equipment respond to the urgent needs outlined in the BCO’s strategic action plan (2020-2023) and help lay the foundations for a sophisticated ICT framework and the realization of the intelligence multi-agency architecture on Belize crime.

The regional InfoSegura project continues to support interventions and policies that aim to strengthen criminal investigation methodologies so that justice can be strong, swift and accurate through data-driven processes.

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