Posted: Tuesday, March 7, 2023. 9:09 pm CST.
By Benjamin Flowers: Over 180 youth cadets from across the Belize district will be competing next week in the Foot Drills Competition hosted by the Community Policing Unit (CPU) of the Belize Police Department. Foot Drills are used in organized marching parades and lineups for uniformed personnel such as scouts, girl guides, cadets, police and military personnel.
The event is scheduled for Saturday, March 18, and will be held at the Yarborough Field. Participants will receive individual meals for the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place teams who develop the most creative drill routine.
Head of the CPU, Assistant Commissioner of Police Howell Gillett, explained that the purpose of the competition is to further the cadet program’s objectives of building better relationships with youths, teaching them important life skills and about the laws of Belize.
“By providing opportunities for leadership development, exposure to different career paths, and civic engagement, police cadet programs can help young people to develop important skills and become responsible, engaged citizens,” Gillett added.
The competition forms a part of a greater push by the CPU to engage youths and keep them from the influences of crime and violence by providing positive extra-curricular activities.
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