Posted: Wednesday, September 14, 2016. 10:30 am CST.
By Zoila Palma: The Cayo Special Constables Committee is a group of volunteers who work hand in hand with the Cayo Police Department in combating crime.
The group is actively involved in patrols, and assisting the police especially during Easter and Christmas Holidays, September celebrations and parades.
The group has been instrumental in the apprehension of wanted suspects and drug busts. The committee works under the umbrella of the Community Policing Unit. The officer in charge is Cpl. Jason Jones who works with other community oriented groups including neighborhood watches and People’s Coalition of Cayo.
Chairman of the Committee, Alberto Palma, today told BBN News that all the work is community service and there is no greater gratification than being able to contribute positively to the community. Palma also explained that the business community in San Ignacio and Santa Elena has been extremely supportive of their initiative and has supported all the fundraisers.
It is the police and the community working together for a safer Belize, he said.
The committee has been seeking funds as their goal this year is to purchase a vehicle solely for the purpose of patrols to better aid the police. They have done BBQ sales, family days and raffles and have managed to purchase their own uniforms and equipment.
In celebration of the Committee’s five year anniversary, they are planning another fundraiser to be held on Saturday, October 29 at the Aguada Restaurant and Hotel in Santa Elena. The tickets are $50 per couple and are available from all Special Constables. This includes dinner and drinks. Special presentations include Marimba music and Karaoke from 7:00 to 12:00 p.m.
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