Belize Police Graduates Largest Class with Record Number of Women Officers

Belize Police Department celebrates historic milestone, graduating its largest-ever recruit class with a record-breaking 57 women officers, surpassing the UN's 20% standard for female representation in law enforcement.

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Belize Police Graduates Largest Class with Record Number of Women Officers

Belize Police Graduates Largest Class with Record Number of Women Officers

The Belize Police Department celebrated a historic milestone as it graduated its largest-ever recruit class, Squad 97, with a record-breaking 57 women officers. This achievement surpasses the United Nations' 20% standard for female representation in law enforcement, marking a significant step towards gender equality in policing.

The graduation ceremony, led by Minister of Home Affairs Kareem Musa, honored the 231 new police officers who completed a rigorous 6-month training program. The recruits, selected from across Belize's six districts, underwent physical, mental, and theoretical exercises to prepare them for their roles as law enforcement officers.

During the ceremony, Dr. Priscilla Brown, the Police's Curriculum Development Adviser, conferred the rights, privileges, responsibilities, and obligations of law enforcement officers on the new constables. Minister Musa emphasized the graduates' vital role in partnering with the community to ensure the safety and security of Belize, particularly in areas experiencing unrest and crime concerns.

Why this matters: This landmark achievement in Belize's law enforcement demonstrates the country's commitment to promoting gender equality and combating discriminatory practices in policing. By exceeding the UN's standard for female representation, Belize sets an example for other nations striving to create more inclusive and representative police forces.

Several awards were presented during the graduation, with Police Constable Abel Navarette Junior receiving the prestigious Baton of Honor and delivering an address to his fellow graduates. The ceremony was attended by senior government officials, including the Police Commissioner, the Governor General, and the Commandants of the Belize Coast Guard and Belize Defence Force.

Minister Musa stated, "This achievement is a testament to the ministry's efforts to combat discriminatory practices and gender stereotypes in policing." He further emphasized the importance of the new officers' role in ensuring the safety and security of the community, working in partnership with the people they serve.

Key Takeaways

  • Belize Police Dept. graduates largest-ever recruit class, 57 women officers.
  • Exceeds UN's 20% standard for female representation in law enforcement.
  • Rigorous 6-month training program prepared new officers for law enforcement roles.
  • Graduation ceremony honored 231 new police officers, including awards presented.
  • Achievement demonstrates Belize's commitment to gender equality in policing.