Tuesday, February 10, 2009

San Ignacio Cayo District, Police Station

San Ignacio Cayo District Police Station


Julian Sherrard in a STAR newspaper article, has kept us updated of the ongoing renovation of the old colonial police headquarters for the CAYO DISTRICT of Western Belize. Other donors are coming in, such as the Chinese Community across the river in San Ignacio. Business places like AGRO TECH, and individuals like Donal Coleman, Ike Polk, Mike Bogaert, Francis Woods and many others. Citizens of this Western District are doing what the financially mismanaged central bankrupt government failed to do, upgrade the police district headquarters infra-structure.
Yellow Bell Ice Cream through Aaron and Eddie Brand donated an air conditioner for one of the interior offices. Bismilla’s stores donated some upholstered chairs. Belize Natural Energy, the oil company donated the drop ceiling for a new conference room. Running W, the meat processing and ranching place near Central Farm Research Station donated sheet rock and lumber to enclose the new conference room. Thomas Gallager donated the labor to do the job. Tobar’s W& J Home Construction donated a lectern through Erix Tobar. San Ignacio Commercial business donated a new TV also for the conference room. Special Constables, citizens who assist the police got uniforms donated by Robert Craig from Maranco. Business people and citizens continue to donate time and resources to make our District Police Headquarters a proud decent place. It sure looks impressive now with a new coat of paint on the outside. There is a lot of pride about our Cayo district in our local towns. Citizens are very vocal about politics. About 45 citizens have become Special Constables by volunteering. The District Police headquarters is even tourist photogenic now and a piece of old Colonial history, by the Hawksworth Bridge, over the Macal River Gorge canyon entrance. Lot of stories have gone through that building. If walls could talk?
There was a rumor joke in the STAR newspaper about a court case before the local magistrate in that building. One of these new lawyer prosecutors fresh out of school and just admitted to the BAR association was using the jargon of the British Imperial Court system in vogue here in Belize.
“Isn’t it true” he shouted “ that you accepted five thousand dollars to compromise this case?”
The witness in the chair stared out the window towards the Texaco station across the street, as though he had not heard the question.
“Isn’t it true” repeated the young prosecutor,”that you accepted five thousand dollars to compromise this case?”
The witness in the chair still did not respond. Finally the magistrate leaned over and said, “Sir, please answer the question.”
“Oh,” the startled witness said, “ I thought he was talking to you.”

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