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Oct 8, 2014

136 Police Recruits Pass Out

One hundred and thirty-six women and men joined the ranks of the Belize Police Department today. The ceremony was held at the police training academy in the capital where family and friends converge to witness the passing out of recruit squad number ninety. The Minister of National Security was also on hand and after the addressing the issue of crime and violence, he took shots at the media for its reporting on crime. Isani Cayetano reports.


Isani Cayetano, Reporting

Recruit Squad Number Ninety of the Belize Police Department graduated today from the National Police Training Academy in Belmopan.  A hundred and thirty-six young men and women who form the outgoing cohort of officers marched onto the parade square this afternoon under the driving rain where a formal ceremony was held to commemorate their accomplishment.


John Saldivar, Minister of National Security

John Saldivar

“This is the fourth recruiting squad that I have had the privilege of addressing as the Minister of National Security in the last two years resulting in over five hundred and twenty-five new entrants into the police department since I took office. This is no small accomplishment and it was not without cost. I was reminded when I arrived here today that between 2004 to 2012, there were only six recruit squads and in the last two years alone we have had four. Five hundred and twenty-five new police officers means seven million dollars in recurrent revenues alone. We are not sitting on our hands as some would have you think.”


Saldivar took the opportunity to touch on the ongoing issue of crime and violence.


John Saldivar

“There are no quick fixes to the crime problem and we all must understand and accept that. The crime problem did not just spring up overnight and it will not be solved overnight. What we need to know as a nation is that there is a plan—a plan that can and will work; a plan that is working. But there is a vulnerability in the long term approach. The vulnerability of the long term approach, though it is the best approach, is that in the short term the improvements are not obviously visible or tangible and therefore it opens the door for the pessimists, the cynics, the anti-establimentarialists and even the subversionists to accentuate the negatives and play on our fear to make us feel that security apparatus has failed us.”


During the exercise, the Minister of National Security took aim at the media for our coverage of crime and violence, castigating us for the figures reported.


John Saldivar

“No one in the media is bothering to look at the numbers before declarignt hat crime is spiraling out of control. Yes it is a cycle which we all know, however, a closer look at the numbers would tell you that he overall trend for 2014 is better than 2012 when we had one hundred and forty-five murders. Currently, we have had ninety-three murders for 2014—only five more than the eighty-eight we had up to the end of October last year and still six less than the ninety-nine for the entire 2013, which is our best year in five years. Our projections for the rest of this year, keeping our fingers crossed for success in the next eleven weeks is for our murder count to be well below the 2012 mark of one-forty-five, well below the 2011 mark of one-twenty-four and well below the 2010 mark of one-twenty-nine. This would mean that 2014 could very well still turn out to be the second best year in past five years and still, according to some, the sky is falling down. The reality is that there is a tremendous amount of work and investment that has been put into our security infrastructure in 2008 and especially over the last two years.”


A total of eight recruit officers were honored today for outstanding achievements during the training process. Reporting for News Five, I am Isani Cayetano.

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3 Responses for “136 Police Recruits Pass Out”

  1. Belizean says:

    Serious!! ?? Did they send the paramedics? Gosh if they pass out, they need recuperation!

  2. Dumb Guy says:

    Passed out or conscious makes no difference. They should still be equally effective.

  3. James R Miller says:

    A “Passing Out” is a carry over from British terminology. Simply refers to a graduation ceremony and parade

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