[private]Honduran National Police on Roatan will have greater capacity to patrol beaches and surrounding waters and respond to incidents in areas without good road access after receiving an off-road vehicle and a boat through the intervention of the US Embassy.
US Ambassador Lisa Kubiske, on a visit to Roatan in early September, announced the Embassy had arranged for a Yamaha Rhino two-seat off-road vehicle to be made available to National Police on the island through OABI (Oficina Administradora de Bienes Incautados), the Honduran government agency that manages assets seized from drug traffickers.
As of late September the vehicle was parked in front of the Tourist Police post in West End and was being used on routine patrols up and down West End Road. Sub-inspector Bustillo, seen washing the vehicle September 25, said it was also being used to patrol West Bay and Sandy Bay. He said the Rhino was more economical to operate than a conventional patrol car and allowed police to increase patrols in off-road areas, such as on the beaches.
Kubiske also announced the Embassy had arranged for National Police on Roatan to receive a boat from OABI to use for sea patrol and to respond to incidents in communities accessible only by water. She did not specify what type of watercraft it was and could not say where it would be docked.
Kubiske and her staff also met with US citizens at Anthony’s Key Resort and Turquoise Bay to discuss security concerns on the island and presented certificates of appreciation to about a dozen people from Roatan and Utila who participated in the search and rescue in July of nine young pleasure boaters from Utila, two of whom were US citizens.[/private]