Students graduate from GREAT in San Ignacio Print E-mail
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Thursday, 29 June 2017 00:00

The San Ignacio (Police) Formation held a graduation ceremony on Wednesday, June 21, 2017 for the largest cohort of students completing the Gang Resistance Education and Training (GREAT) program. According to Richard A. Rosado, Officer in Charge of the San Ignacio Police Formation, this is a testament to the formation’s commitment to the expansion of the Commissioner of Police’s community outreach programs. A total of seven hundred and fifty (750) students completed the training.

“To the parents, thanks for embracing the program, to US embassy thanks for developing the capacity of the formation personnel and to Corporal Ciriaco Medina and his team thanks for delivering the training to the students,” writes Rosado.

“To the Western Regional Community Policing Coordinator, Corporal Jason Jones, thank you for your hard work in promoting and expanding the Department’s community outreach programs,” he adds.

While GREAT in Cayo has been a pilot project in 16 primary schools, Corporal Ciriaco Medina is hopeful that the program will be extended and be embraced by many more primary schools.

GREAT has over the years proven to be an effective deterrent to gang membership and the co inhabiting youth violence.  The GREAT program first stemmed from within the Community Policing Unit in 2009 when seven police officers were first trained and this program was then piloted within Belize City. The Police Department subsequently saw the benefit of GREAT and since then the GREAT program has taken root and is now being conducted countrywide.

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