Special Constables Program Under Review Print E-mail
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Thursday, 11 April 2013 00:00

L-R shows Community Policing Officer Ciriaco Medina; Chairperson of the Cayo Special Constables Committee, Alberto Palma; Senior Superintendent of Police Louise Geraldine Willis; Inspector and Deputy Commander of the San Ignacio Police Formation Reymundo ReyesSenior Superintendent of Police Louise Geraldine Willis, having recently been featured in a Women’s Department Publication entitled ‘The Gender Agenda: Gaining Momentum’ came out of her vacation this past Monday night to be alongside the ‘Cayo Special Constables’ Committee’. The meeting was held at the San Ignacio Police Station with members of the Community Policing Unit present.

The Cayo Constables’ Program was catalyzed by Superintendent Chester Williams last year. The program has seen members of the community being trained to serve alongside police officers in the patrolling of the Cayo District. These members of the community patrol the streets, to give one hour per night or a minimum of four hours weekly. The special constables’ status is good for one year after which it becomes subject for renewal.

“We need all the help we can get and the Police Department needs all the help that they can get, this is not only about one person, this is the whole community,” says Alberto Palma, who is the Chairperson of the Cayo Special Constables’ Committee.

Senior Superintendent Willis took the opportunity on Monday night to thank the Special Constables’ for their efforts and announced that the program can continue. However; no more Special Constables Identification Cards are being issued at this time by the Police Department as the conditions for the Special Constables’ Program are being reviewed countrywide. A citizen has been hired by Crime Stoppers to review the Policy and come up with a guide of the Special Constables Program by the end of next month.