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Aug 16, 2013

Trained Special Constables dispersed to city streets

Darrell Bradley

A cohort of thirteen special constables was sworn in this afternoon during a brief ceremony at City Hall.  The commencement exercise saw a group of men and women, mostly employees of the Belize City Council, being inducted into the law enforcement, following an intense two-week program organized by the Belize Police Department. 

 

Darrell Bradley, Belize City Mayor

“We had thirteen participants over a two-week period who benefited from a special constable training.  This is training that is being conducted by police officers as part of the Statutory Special Constable Program.  What this has done is that it has increased our contingent of special constables.  The city council had eight special constables, now we have twenty-one and these persons will contribute in the area of what we call quality of life crimes.  The training covered the entire gamut of what special constables do, the legislation.  It covered penalties, it covered conflict resolution, customer service, how to engage conflicts, dealing with people in the public.  And so I think that the training is very necessary.  It is very timely because we’re trying to raise the face of the city council, we’re trying to be more on point with how we engage members of the public and we’re seeing that there is a need for better enforcement of things like littering, liquor violations and things like that so that this training will now better equip our staff to be more diligent in their duties and it will enable the council to be more effective.  One of the things that was said, and I think it’s very important, is that a component of the training had to do with ethics and professionalism and developing certain values and an ethos of service delivery so that we are service oriented.”

 

The officers will hit the ground running as they will receive assignments in various parts of Belize City.

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