Belize City: Thursday 7th February 2019
A group of residents from San Pedro, Ambergris Caye has volunteered their time to the newly formed citizens on Patrol program in that area which is an initiative to make their island a safer community. Last Thursday, January 31, 2019, the Belize Police Department celebrated its 10th graduation of Citizens on Patrol across the country.
A total of 14 San Pedranos volunteers embarked on a three-day training course on Tuesday, January 29 to Thursday, January 31 at Fido’s Courtyard Conference Room. Graduation ceremony took place on Thursday, January 31, 2019, at the San Pedro Lion’s Den where COPs were officially sworn in by Inspector Basil Reyes.
They are now also part of the Police Auxiliary Unit where volunteers are recruited and trained to assist the Belize Police Department in making the community safer and enhance the quality of life.
Citizens on Patrol will volunteer their time to conduct observatory patrols in different neighbourhoods, and although they are uniformed in khaki shirts and black long pants and will be equipped with hand held radios. COPs do not have the power to arrest anyone but will patrol in pairs and will have the full protection to the Belize Police Department.