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copsIn Corozal Town a group of approximately 22 young and vibrant male and females were engaged in a three days training for COPS, “Citizen On patrol” program. Citizen on Patrol is a voluntary program that the Commissioner of Police created to gain assistance from selected citizens in the community to fight crime. In Corozal more than two dozen individuals have joined the force in battling crime.

Andrew Ramirez – OC Corozal

“We had two sessions of the citizen on patrol; one in the Free Zone and one here in town that encompass volunteer persons both from Orange Walk and Corozal we had a total of 38 thereabout, we had 22 from Corozal and 16 thereabout from Orange Walk that did the three days training here in Corozal, the training entailed basically a quick brush through of our laws of Belize governing justice force, firearm, report writing, how to give evidence in court, small little issues like traffic that they can get an understanding, these officers, these citizens of patrol will undergo twelve months, one year being on the COPS program and they are obligated to give at least four hours per week volunteer.”

These 22 new COPS will engage in patrols with Police officers in Corozal Town, according to officer commanding the Corozal Police Formation, Andrew Ramirez.

Andrew Ramirez – OC Corozal

“They will be engaged I patrols, business communities amongst others, some of the patrols will include but not limited to the foot patrol, the bicycle patrol, the motorcycle patrol, mobile patrol, I finished a while ago as to what is my expectation of these individuals; one that we want them to be part of the solutions and not part of the problem because we also want to them to be looked upon respect and the only way for you to get respect is for you to respect yourself and respect others, I cautioned them that they are not police officers they are assisting the police officers in patrols as the word rightly mentioned is citizens on patrol again I cautioned them that if there is any complications or any questions that they are not too sure about them that they must consult with us rather than make decision so we asked them and we embrace the to do the right thing and to work along with the Corozal Police formation.”

As for those forming part of the program, they could not be happier with their new task.

Karisha Cal– Cop’s Officer

“Assisting this we will be able to help the officers in charge or our colleagues in preventing crime and in preventing certain things that are occurring lately because we are having so much theft and with us being COP this will make us be more safe and the people will feel more safe out there because now it is not only the officers but it is also us and if we can assist them they surely come to us and ask us.”

Victor Castillo– Reporter

“How do you feel being part of this initiative?”

Karisha Cal– Cop’s Officer

“I feel good because this was something that I wanted to do and I love to help the people and us all, we are one now and we are willing to help everyone who is in.”

Victor Castillo– Reporter

“When we are talking about the three days program or training that you all underwent what is something new that you have learnt?”

Karisha Cal– Cop’s Officer

“We learn a lot and it was a lot of stuff that we didn’t know and I guess these three days of training was good for us and it will teach us a lot.”

Ivan Valencia– Cop’s Officer

“First of all, I think this COPS program is very good for the country as a whole, being brought to the northern division, I think that we are looking at a step forward because even though the northern region of the country is very low on crime we know that it is also changing, many youths have been lost into drug addiction, alcoholism and therefore they are led into criminal activities, this COPS program is merely a preventative program to try to show that we out there care about our community and we would like to have a positive change in it.”

As mentioned before all participants under went three days training at the Corozal Police formation.

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