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Jun 21, 2017

Police show softer side with open day

The Belize Police Department has been observing Police Week since Sunday. Activities have been planned for the entire week, some are internal and others involve the community. One of the major activities they took on today was an Open Day throughout the country which saw the participation of several organizations and the community. Here’s what they had to say about this event and what it means for the Department.

 

Douglas Hyde, National Youth Coordinator, Belize Police Department

Douglas Hyde

“In the Eastern Police Division, both North, South, Rural, each we carried out what I believe was a huge success; and success based on the turnout of organizations and also the community. I had the opportunity to visit the north side and of course was here on the south side, and the turn out of the organizations here at Eastern Division South was thirty three different organizations from the different ministries and NGOs that came and support and we had numerous schools, students who came and visit the booths that were displaying and sharing information and educating people on the different organizations and their services and was very helpful in many ways; to highlight the work of police officers and the different unit was very important likewise to share.”

Reporter

“How does this help to humanize the BPD in the public’s eyes, and the children who visit who perhaps always see them as just a militaristic force?”

 

Douglas Hyde

“Good question. I must say that the students along with the community saw a different side of the police officers, not with their uniforms and not with enforcing the law but sharing information on their different units and style of work and what the police officers carry through, example, the CIB, the Strike Team, the Unit itself, the work of the officers in the different or various units and it was very important. And likewise to explain to the students and the community what is expected of them, so it is not only the work of the Police, but also what can be expected of persons within the community.”

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