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Nov 15, 2011

Police Academy graduates 74

The crime statistics are staggering, and to aid in the fight against the violence seventy-four new officers joined the force today. After passing written and physical exams, the recruits were commissioned as officers at the National Police Training Academy in Belmopan. Minister of Police Doug Singh referred to the rise in crime under his tenure and told officers that any who does not uphold honesty contributes to the decadence. News Five’s Jose Sanchez reports.

Jose Sanchez, Reporting

Recruit Squad number eighty-seven was in top form at the Police Training Academy in Belmopan for the ceremony that would mark their induction into the police Department. After personally inspecting the recruits, Minister of Police Doug Singh, gave the commencement address.

Doug Singh, Minister of Police

Doug Singh

“The principle of integrity, trust and honesty. Any officer without those values cannot aspire to service people and any officer who has lost those values has become a part of the problem and not a part of the solution. Belize is not insular from the region that we live in. Crime is on the rise and as a result of this; your job has been made even more difficult. Yes more demanding and you will constantly be tested. Your integrity you’re your honor will be tested; perhaps even your faith will be tested. Maintain your strength—serve well and make us proud. Since I was appointed minister, I have seen an increase in violent crime, but I have also seen an increase in support from people from all walks of life and every neighborhood—Belizeans and other residents all reaching out offering support in solving crime—some with physical resources, some by volunteering their time and energies. There is this collective awareness that this is not the police’s problem, not the government’s problem, but this is all of our problem and we must communally do all we can to help to fight this disease that has infected us. I ask that you embrace the citizenry; work with them to make a safer and better Belize.”

Jamie Hibberd

Seventy-four recruits passed the training session that consisted of a written examination as well as physical and weapons training. First place in the written exam and the recipient of the Baton of Honor, Jamie Hibberd was also given the honor to address the crowd.

Jamie Hibberd, Top Police Recruit

“We all arrived here at the PTA. I was nervous and excited. We all came from different parts of the country with different cultures, personalities and haircuts. However by suppertime, we were all equal recruits ready for our mold into police officers. My first day was very exciting. I got up at four o’clock that morning and prepared myself. When the bell rang at 4:45, we all ran out with enough energy and enthusiasm to conquer any obstacle in our path. This is our final day as recruits; we have reached the final lap of training. As we march off this parade square today, we will be full fledged police officers—ready to go and make a difference in this department our country and our lives. I would like to say to my squad brothers and sisters today, go out and do your best and work honestly and diligently.”

Deserie Bowen

WRPC number 1354 Deserie Bowen won the Commandant’s Prize.

Deserie Bowen, winner of Commandant’s Prize

“What goes into winning the commandant’s prize is your behavior, your grades, the way how you carry yourself. It is very important to have. Well I wanted to be a police officer to go out there and serve and to protect my country of Belize. I made this decision because before I was a special constable in the police department so it was just another step forward for me.”

Deshawn Garcia

First place in First Aid went to WRPC number 1376 Deshawn Garcia.

Deshawn Garcia, Won First Place in First Aid

“Well I just tried to use my everyday skills because that’s what first aid is all about because everyday there is an accident or a situation that we may have to encounter using our first aid skills and I portrayed the best so that’s why I get it.”

Jose Sanchez

“Why did you want to be a police officer?”

Deshawn Garcia

“I stand out because it’s not always the best person or the worse; it’s what you want to do.  I think the crime rate in Belize is fluctuating highly and I want to be a part of that change. So I am here, I’m educated and I continue to perceive the best.”

Edwin Augustine

RPC number 1350 Edwin Augustine took first place in shooting.

Jose Sanchez

“It’s a hard and stressful job, why did you want to be a police?”

Edwin Augustine, Won 1st Place in Shooting

“I choose to be a police officer to learn my constitution and to help protect my fellow Belizeans and to be a role model to others to show them that the systems is not all about what they think. If they take the time out to have an experience, join, then they will see that those bias things about the police station. For me it’s my very first venture into the department. I don’t know what the future holds, but I am ready to face what it takes.”

Reporting for News Five, Jose Sanchez.

In addition to the new recruits featured in the story, RPC 1348 Tyrell Alvarez received an award for Consistently Good Performance; RPC 1404 Leroy Neal received first place for Physical Training and second place in the written examination went to RPC 1388 Lance Jacobs.

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1 Response for “Police Academy graduates 74”

  1. Charlie Price says:

    WILL THIS MAKE US ANY SAFER?????

    CAN WE WALK THE STREETS AT NIGHT NOW?????

    ARE THEY HERE TO PROTECT AND SERVE …………….. or HARASS AND THREATEN?????

    Just asking…..

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