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Aug 2, 2013

The cops hold their own summer camp

The sixteen annual national Belize Police Youth Cadet Camp is being held at the Edward P. Yorke Compound on Princess Margaret Drive. Since the twenty-seventh of July, some two hundred and thirty young cadets from across the country—both boys and girls between the ages of eight and seventeen years old—have been hosted at the one week camp. The camp features survival training, lectures on life skills and various educational and environmental experiences as well as sports. And today, following a parade from the Constitution Park on Cemetery Road to the Queen Street Police Station, an award ceremony was held to honor the youths who excelled in the various sporting disciplines during the camp.


Sgt. Elroy Carcamo, Coordinator, Police Youth Cadet Camp

“We try to develop their life skills and then we had discipline where we taught them about sexual reproductive health, socialization and how to deal with conflicts.”


Duane Moody

“What is the overall role of the camp and them participating in it?”


Sgt. Elroy Carcamo

Sgt. Elroy Carcamo

“Our cadets have been attending practices every week. This group, the special group of youths, we don’t just have them once a month or once a year. Every week they participate in practice with the police officers. The camp is like a bonus, a reward, for them so we have them coming together as one where they experience different diversities, different ethnicities and so forth.  We have our regional and national sporting competition. And this year we started out with the regional and we haven’t had the nationals as yet; it will happen later on. As a bonus for them what we did instead of just bringing your regional team, we said come together as a group and call it your region…just for this camp. And we had them participating in football, basketball and different sporting activities and that is what they will be awarded for. Also we are looking at the most discipline cadet on the camp; giving a cadet the commissioner’s award which will be given by commander community policing and we are looking at giving them certificates of participation within the camp.”


The camp concludes on Saturday. Members are recruited by simply applying with the police department. The recruitment drive is held every February and November of every year. 

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