This month the National Police engaged in various community outreach and preventive crime activities. They are also proud to report that crime in general is down and their new ATV beach patrolling campaigns on Carenero and Bluff have been effective. The Bocas Breeze commends their continued efforts to fight crime and maintain Bocas as the peaceful place that it is.
The police in cooperation with generous donations from members of the community were able to post eight preventative signs to remind beach goers to use common sense and not to leave valuables unattended while swimming. Two signs were posted in Carenero, two in Bluff Beach and four in Bastimentos (Wizard Beach and Bastimentos Town). Special thanks to Frank Robinson, Remington Dean, Mark Johnson and all who assisted in this effort.
Bahia Roja Red Frog Chat
On November 20th, Sargent Sanchez gave a presentation to the community of Bahia Roja explaining the special species of Red Frog in Bastimentos and how it’s endangered. The children have been known in the past to take the frogs from the rainforest (their natural habitat) to the beach to show tourists for money. This is harmful to the frogs. He warned the community that if the children continue this activity that the parents will be prosecuted under laws #24 and #41, which protect this particular species of frogs.
Dangers of Drugs
On December 3rd the police gathered with children to talk about drugs. This presentation was in cooperation with the Mundial del Barrio program. Mundial del Barrio is an international non-profit organization that enables all youths to participate in a football league. The children are required to maintain passing grades in school, a record of good conduct and are obligated to attend monthly meetings, which the December 3rd meeting was about the dangers of drugs. The next one will be January 8th and it will touch on the topics of self-esteem, school violence and bullying.