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Police & Cable Provider Team Up for Education

Police & Cable Provider Team Up for Education
August 27
22:22 2018

Five hundred school children dubbed the neediest and living inside the confines of Eastern Division Region One in Belize City are receiving backpacks loaded with school supplies courtesy their neighborhood top cop and Central TV and Internet Belize.

Last Thursday Sr. Supt. Howell Gillett, Officer Commanding Region One, formerly known as the Southside, teamed up with Telford Moody, Central TV sales representative to hand over the first thirty backpack at the Raccoon Street Police Station.

Gillett explained that while the ceremony was ongoing community policing officers were out in the various neighborhoods selecting needy children who were in dire need of assistance to return back to school in the next few days.

Gillett told the media that the backpacks, with supplies, are valued at over fifteen thousand dollars and was done as a way of investing in the country’s future leaders by giving them equal opportunity to receive a good education.

Telford Moody of Central TV explained, “We have seen the initiatives that the Sr. Superintendent has put into place in Belize City and we thought it only fitting to make a small contribution. So this is just our company being socially responsible by giving back to the community and helping them with their education.”

At the ceremony Gillett said that the initiative is to show the community, especially young people, that the Police do care. It is also a way of removing obstacles that prevent young people from attending school. The officer also explained the concept of kids being bullied if they don’t have the proper backpack or supplies to go to school.

In closing Gillett mentioned that the initiative is held against the backdrop of a study done by the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) which stipulates that if young people continue in school until age seventeen the probability of that individual becoming a criminal reduces by 50%.

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