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Safety meeting sponsored by U.S. Embassy

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The Public Affairs division on the U.S. Embassy, Panama, has asked that I disseminate notice that they will be sponsoring a presentation on safety in Boquete on October 12, 2018, at the Boquete Library. New York City police officers will be addressing the assembly on issues of senior safety and burglary prevention.

More complete information is forthcoming, but the Embassy would like to gauge the level of interest so as to better prepare for the meeting. Those interested in attending are asked to confirm their interest by email to Julia Fong: FongJA2@america.gov.

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New York City police officers will be addressing the assembly on issues of senior safety and burglary prevention

Might be worthwhile attending if a person is traveling to, or moving to, New York.

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33 minutes ago, Keith Woolford said:

Might be worthwhile attending if a person is traveling to, or moving to, New York.

That is interesting! Seems like that would be stepping on the local police departments feet! Wonder how they would feel if the Panama Embassy sent Boquete police to talk to the citizens of NY about senior safety. Why is the State Department wasting taxpayers money to fly, accommodations, meals, for these officers all the way from NY? Doesn't the Embassy have a  safety officer they could send instead?

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It's my understanding that the NYC policemen will be meeting with the local police the day before the presentation for citizens. But all questions are legitimate, in my opinion. I'm just the messenger here.

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I would add that the trading of information and experiences between law enforcement agencies is a good idea, in my opinion. I'm just wondering whether police from NYC will have the requisite understanding of Boquete crime to address the subject meaningfully. I suggested that they make a point of visiting beforehand with Rodny and/or with former leaders of AAC for an understanding of the situation here, which, I'm confident, is vastly different from that in NYC. I have received no response to that recommendation.

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Joe Hart, President of ACCBoquete, has been working with the local police in Boquete (and David) for some 6 years now.  Our main goal has been to support and work "with" the local Police, learn how They do things and not push the "way we do it in the our Country" down their throats.  That is NOT what they want to hear.  We have taught them English classes which they are very receptive to.  It has taken a long time to develop the respect and to be treated as "one of them" by the local police to the point they share war stories with Joe.  Perhaps you should consider Joe Hart meeting beforehand with the Police.

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I’m sorry, Linda. I completely forgot about ACCBoquete and Joe. I will add him to my recommendations, but he may also want to ask to sit in on the meeting with the police. I’m sure the Boquete police would welcome him, and I doubt that the Embassy folks would object if it met with local police approval.

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I think Bud Huber, who is a member of ACCBoquete, would do well to sit in as well as he has been doing some research on our support and working with the police in case of emergencies.  Will ask him as well.  Thanks.

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