Screen_Shot_2014-01-20_at_7.57.50_PMSince its inception in 1994, the Police Youth Cadet Corp has provided at risk youths an avenue to stay out of trouble by engaging in positive activities. This weekend, as a token of appreciation for the youth’s dedication to the program, a party was held in their honor in Corozal. Police constable attached to the Corozal Community Policing Unit, Abner Marroquin says the program aims at instilling sound discipline, respect for authority, leadership and team building skills among young people.


ABNER MARROQUIN – Police Constable, Corozal Community Policing Unit


“We have them out here on their yearly party and if you notice we have food, we have gifts, we have snacks today and this day is their day for them to enjoy themselves, no.”


Victor Castillo – Reporter


“What is the purpose of this gathering that you have hosted for them?”


ABNER MARROQUIN – Police Constable, Corozal Community Policing Unit


“Well, basically it is for them for the community to be aware that they have the Police Youth Cadet Corps and to sensitize the community of this event and let them know that there is something especially for those children that are at risk. This cadet program deals with discipline, we do lectures, we do community service, we engage in different things, cancer walks, ride-a-tons and everything that has to do with the community we get our cadets involve along with the other different departments like the Youth Service and ENDAC and othe events that happen within the community we get them engage.”


Of the fifty youths enrolled, Marroquin says they are still recruiting new members, here’s how.


ABNER MARROQUIN – Police Constable, Corozal Community Policing Unit


“I want to inform the general public that and the parents, especially that if there are children interested in the Cadets that right now is the right time, right now we are doing recruits for the Cadets with the ages of 8 to 12.”

 

Victor Castillo – Reporter


“After this Cadet Youths Corps what is next for them?”


ABNER MARROQUIN – Police Constable, Corozal Community Policing Unit


“Well, form here it lies up to the Cadet.  At the age of 18 then it they are on their own but we always support them and on whatever challenge they want to take be it a Police officer or a BDF, you know.”


The Police Cadet Corp is part of a country wide police community project and members of the Corp are taught proper police procedures, law and discipline.

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