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Aug 15, 2016

Police Conclude “Getting To Know Your Country” Summer Camp

A summer program for kids, organized by the Belize Police Department concluded today at the Yarborough Community Policing Center on Caesar Ridge Road.  It’s called Getting to Know Your Country and allowed a little under a hundred young participants the opportunity to tour certain parts of Belize.  Officer Commanding Community Policing at Eastern Division, Inspector Elroy Carcamo told us more about the program.

 

Elroy Carcamo

Insp. Elroy Carcamo, O.C., Community Policing Eastern Division

“Basically, we had approximately a hundred youths that participated in the summer camp. It started out as two cohorts—the first had forty-five and then the other cohort had fifty-five. Both of them got to enjoy the luxury of visiting across the country, but before that, we had some life skills activities with them to appreciate one another and to appreciate what the country has to offer. After that, they were taken on the lifeline journey to go to the hotspots—from the hotspots to the police station to the court, from the court to the Kolbe Foundation and then to the cemetery. At all these spots, they had people interacting with them, talking to them about what is expected if they decide to become a criminal or if they are involved in illegal activities out there. The following three days of the first week, they are taken to different educational locations. We took them to the north where they visited Lamanai. We also took them to Blue Creek and explained to them a plane that was left there for quite a while, which the government had auctioned off. We took them to the border and we showed them how close it is in proximity from Mexico to Belize by just crossing a boat at the La Union area and they got to speak with the Customs people, the Immigration people and the police officers posted there. We also took a quick stop at the Belize Sugar Industry Limited and BELCOGEN and showed them the commerce that we have within that area and how they can develop and work at these places if they put their minds and things to it.”

 

Trichel Tillett

Trichel Tillett, Participant

“When we go to court, they have a board weh dehn tell yo bout…when yo go ina di board that means yo gwen dah jail. And when we gone dah jail, they tell we noh go back there because back there noh good fi yo. If they ketch yo pan two crime, yo gwen back there for years or for life. and I noh want go back deh Miss. Never.”

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