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National Police Youth Cadet Corps Summer Camp held in Benque Print E-mail
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Thursday, 31 July 2014 00:00

The 17th National Police Youth Cadet Corps Summer Camp 2014 ended this past Saturday with a measure of good will in Benque Viejo del Carmen. Some 291 youth cadets from around the country attended the one week event in a peaceful setting at the Mopan Technical High School in Benque Viejo.

At the closing ceremony last Friday, the cadets marched in full uniform and formation at the football field near the Cancha Centre, displaying with skill various forms of marching at the orders of their instructor. The Police Department had brought in some 80 instructors to mold the minds of the aspiring youths and some of them were present during this final march under sporadic showers.

Present on Friday to see these youths through their steps was the Mayor of Benque Viejo Miguel Velasquez as well as the Assistant Commissioner of Police Robert Mariano. It was also a time for Assistant Commissioner Robert Mariano to deliver certificates to the various instructors from the different Police Formations from around the country.

Performing at the beginning and end of the ceremonies on Friday was the Benque Viejo Marching Band; winners of the Band Fest held in Corozal earlier this year.

The Belize Police Cadet Corps Summer Camp in Benque Viejo was partially sponsored this year by the United States Embassy as well as the Government of Belize, through the Ministry of National Security. In a press release earlier this week, the U.S Embassy stated that the Summer Camp was made possible under the Central American Regional Security Initiative CARSI Grants.

“Through the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement (INL/CARSI), the United States is assisting the governments of the region in their efforts to take back the streets and create an improved citizen security environment...”

 Our Belizean youths learned much and had great fun during the last few days in Benque Viejo. They participated in life skills such as the gang resistance and training program. Guest speakers were brought in by the Police to talk about sexual reproductive health, fire safety and the history of Belize. Cadets between the ages of 13 to 17 went on survival training under the auspices of the Belize Defense Force at Price Barracks, while others went on a hike courtesy of Benque Viejo Police. The cadets also participated in educational tours at the Che Chen Ha Cave System, Xunantunich and Cahal Pech Maya sites. Some of the youths were taken to Spanish Lookout where they saw for themselves how their favorite ice cream is made.

 “We [will] try to make it bigger and better, we [will] try to increase the number of youths that we have for our camp, with more dedicated instructors and bring the community on board to assist us,” says Police Officer Elroy Carcamo, Coordinator of the Belize Police Cadet Corps Summer Camp for 2014.

The Ministry of National Security has placed great emphasis on the development of our youths in an effort to make Belize a more peaceful place.

At the opening ceremonies on July 20th, Deputy Commissioner of Police Miguel Angel Segura, Country-wide Commander of Community Policing, Dehann Augustin and Superintendent of Police for the Benque Viejo Police Formation Daniel Arzu were present to assure a good start in the playing fields and camps of Benque. Superintendent Daniel Arzu was also present last Friday to give out certificates.

Preparations are now underway for the next Cadet Camp somewhere in the South of the Country in 2015 as the Police Department moves on with the aim of preparing a firm base for Belizean youths. Our young people now have one more additional incentive to stay firm on Belizean soil as their counterparts from Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala are now travelling great distances, without their parents, to the borders of the United States.