Posted: Monday, March 1, 2021. 6:06 pm CST.
By Ruben Morales Iglesias: Work and dedication might go unnoticed many times, but that’s not always the case.
This morning, the Conscious Youth Development Program (CYDP), which has changed its name to Behaviour Modification Conflict Management Services (BMCMS) recognized the dedicated work put in by five officers in helping Belize City youths.
Inspector Sherlette O’Brien, Acting Assistant Director, handed each of the five officers a plaque as a Token of Appreciation in recognition of their “years of service, contribution, dedication, and leadership.” The officers recognized at the BMCMS are sergeant Aldo Valdez, corporal Jeremy Mcculloch, corporal Frederick “Rico” Gordon, police officer Dexta Rivas and police officer Daniel Pech.
“This morning what we did is to recognize some of our officers who are hardworking,” Superintendent Dinsdale Thompson, BMCMS Acting Director, said. “Our office deals with behind-the-scenes job. Some of our officers go beyond the call of duty to carry out conflict mediation between gang rivalries in Belize City. It is a job that is not announced or promoted within the rank and file of the Police Department.”
As to the name change from CYDP to BMCMS, Thompson said that while the aim is still the same “To deal with modifying behaviour and how to manage conflict with rivalries on the street, targeting gang members” they have seen the need for change. “We have decided to expand the unit, not only to Belize City but to other districts as well. So at this time we are expanding our wings to Dangriga, where we have conflict at this present moment. We do have at Hattieville, Ladyville, and a few as well in San Ignacio. So, we are expanding our wings to those areas and so we see the necessity to change the name from just Conscious Youth Development Program to Behaviour Modification Conflict Management Services,” Thompson added.
For now, the job in the districts is handled by the Belize City office but Thomspon and his people are looking for officers in those areas to help with the workload. Valdez, who was one of this morning honorees, is heading the Dangriga branch.
“The Police Department need to continue to go down this pathway because if we would get more of our officers or if we let this become a part of our curriculum at the Training Academy we could have a much more peaceful city, peaceful country,” Thompson said.
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