Like all regions of the world, residents of Ambergris Caye are sometimes worried about the safety of their neighborhoods. Â To give people peace of mind and help raise awareness on how to stay safe and report possible crimes, the Police Drama Club has been educating those living in San Pedro Town.
The Police Drama Club was first started in 2011, though it didnÂt actively begin performing until last year. Â The actors are several local police officers, who use their experiences to create compelling dramas whilst simultaneously raising awareness on a huge variety of local community issues. Â On November 16th, the club traveled to San Pedro to debut two new skits at the San Pedro High School and San Pedro Roman Catholic Primary School. Â The Friday shows were attended by both pupils and parents who wanted to be educated on problems affecting communities across Belize.
In the first skit, the Police Drama Club concentrated on domestic violence, the importance of speaking out and how to get the proper legal help. Â Meanwhile, the second skit emphasized how easy it is for youngsters to cave in to peer pressure. Â This skit was particularly important for the students, and portrayed how easily youngsters can get caught up in delinquent behavior as a result of listening to their friends or trying to fit into a social group. Â The end of each skit clearly demonstrated how legal action could be taken to support the victims of peer pressure and domestic violence. Â Finally, the Belmopan Police UnitÂs Sergeant Stephanie Grinage also recited original poems after each performance concluded.
The Police Drama ClubÂs visit to San Pedro isnÂt the first time theyÂve performed to school kids, with the group having also visited those in Punta Gorda, Benque Viejo, San Ignacio and Dangriga. Â San Pedro, was in fact, one of the last locations to see these two latest skits. Â After the final performance in Belmopan, the club will, no doubt, be developing further skits on community safety.
ItÂs hoped that all those who attended the performances enjoyed the event and managed to take home some important messages from what they saw. Â Peer pressure and domestic violence can ruin lives, so itÂs essential to take them seriously. Â With the help of the drama club, locals now know how to react in either one of these circumstances.