The San Pedro Neighborhood Watch Committee, in collaboration with the San Pedro Police Department has formed a San Pedro Youth Cadet Corps. Leading the cadets is San Pedro Town Council Foremen Freddy Gonzalez, and Shane McCann, while Police Constable (PC) Juan Chuc is the Cadet Instructor.
The cadet program in San Pedro had been dormant for about four years. Gonzalez and McCann, along with the respective Neighborhood Watch Groups, Mayor Daniel Guerrero and the San Pedro Police Department took the initiative to revive the program. Upon the transfer of PC Chuc to the San Pedro Police Department and his appointment as Community Officer, did the cadet program formalize and recruiting for members commenced. “When we formalized the specifics for the cadet program, we started to distribute application forms to all the primary schools in San Pedro. It was initially difficult to get our youth to join. The interest was not there, neither from the community nor the children. What I started to do was to go directly to the schools and ask the teachers for help in identifying suitable candidates to recruit. Today we have recruited 15 members,” said PC Chuc.
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