By Alexis R. Milan, Staff Reporter
The Belize Police Department’s Eastern Division announced the launch of its latest community outreach effort, a citizen’s march entitled Be Loving and Cease Killing (BLACK) to be held on March 27th.
According to Senior Superintendent, Edward Broaster, deputy OC Easter Division, the department will launch a sustained campaign as of next week to raise awareness and get exposure for the upcoming event. Broaster said the department will visit all media houses to ensure that the public knows about the march. Police personnel will also visit schools to spread the word about the march.
Broaster said the department would like the participation of the entire City in the event, which he said is geared toward building community moral. According to Broaster, during the march participants will be dressed in black and white. The department produced and distributed t-shirts to be worn at the event, Broaster added.
According to Broaster, the march will pass through some of the most notorious gang neighborhoods and the department has even asked some of those groups to participate in the event. The march will even divert through the Lord Ridge Cemetery, where a moment of silence will be observed for all those who have fallen to violence in the City.
The march will then make its way to the Battlefield Park for a short rally, Broaster said. He added that the hope is that the event will galvanize the community into action and assist with the level of violence in the City. Broaster said the department has already started appealing to other organizations for their support and participation of and in the event in March.
The event, according to Broaster, is just the latest effort by the department to promote community uplifting. In December the Eastern Division held its third annual Christmas Show in which, police volunteers participated in drama and had give-aways for the public and children in attendance.