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Dec 1, 2017

Security forces headed to border

Rear Admiral John Borland

A sixty-mile bike ride to the western border in the Toledo District is being organized for members of the security forces and civilians alike. It’s a first-of-its-kind initiative which will bring the police department, as well as the coastguard, and B.D.F. together next Saturday for a trek to Tree Tops. That’s the military outpost which overlooks Jalacte near Belize’s border with Guatemala in the southwest corner of the country. The journey, according to Rear Admiral John Borland of the Belize Coast Guard, is equal parts recreational and educational, as participants will also have an opportunity to experience firsthand the work of the security forces at that location.

 

Rear Admiral John Borland, Commander, BCG

“The Ride to the Border is a security forces initiative, meaning the BDF, the police and the coastguard.  It was done with the intent, not necessarily to sensitize the members of the security forces with the border because that is our job, so we’re very familiar; but with the wider public who don’t get the opportunity to go there on any occasion at all.  So we’re inviting members of the security forces and members of the general public, especially from the southern community of Punta Gorda to join us on this ride to the border.  The ride starts at 6:30 on Saturday, the ninth of December, from the Dump which is fourteen miles outside of Punta Gorda, then it goes to the border.  We ride all the way to the Tree Tops Observation Post which is now paved all the way.  We get there and we take a break, not only for refreshments, but members of that observation post will be briefing us on what their tasks, their responsibilities and their duties are out there.  How do you react and how do you interact with the communities out there and how do you work with the neighboring forces.  And that should give us a good idea of what these troops do out there on a daily basis.  We then turn around and we ride back to Punta Gorda, where we reassemble at Fairweather Camp which is the battalion facility outside of Punta Gorda.  Again, that stop is not only for lunch, because we will provide lunch for everyone who does the ride, but it’s also to get a briefing from the Fairweather Camp commander and his staff as to what the roles, responsibilities, duties and tasks of the Fairweather Camp contingent of B.D.F. are down there.”

 

The Ride to the Border departs from Dump next Saturday at six-thirty a.m.

 

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