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Police Week activities continue

Posted: Wednesday, June 21, 2017. 2:19 p.m. CST.

By BBN Staff: This week is being celebrated across Belize as Police Week 2017.

Police officers gathered on Sunday for mass in celebration of the beginning of Police Week.

This year’s theme is: “The police and the community working in partnership for a safer Belize.”

Commissioner of Police, Allen Whylie issued his police week message informing that this week, June 18 to 24th will be celebrated as Police week 2017. Whylie stressed the importance of the police working with the community.

Commissioner’s Police Week message here: https://www.facebook.com/breakingbelizenews/videos/920073234797339/

Assistant Commissioner of Police, Chester Williams posted on his social media page: “ Police service is enhanced by community participation. Without the community, policing will fail.”

Officers across the country are engaged activities include clean up campaigns, school visits, open days, sports days, appearance on talk shows and award ceremonies to recognize exemplary officers.

Today, BBN visited the San Ignacio police open day.

Cpl. Jason Jones, Officer Commanding Community Police Cayo told us that the open day is part of their Police Week activities.

“The Commissioner’s Police Week message emphasized the importance of Community Policing and it is important but each Commander works differently,” he said.

Yesterday, the officers visited primary schools and are planning a Police Sports Day to be held on Friday in Esperanza Village.

While Cayo was the model for community policing programs, there has been an increasing gap in police and community relations since new leadership took over at the San Ignacio Police Station.

BBN notes that there was no presence from any member of community oriented groups at today’s event.  

A luncheon will be held on Saturday in San Ignacio to recognize exemplary police officers and outstanding citizens within the community.

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