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More community outreach by Sr. Spt. Howell Gillett Print E-mail
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Thursday, 05 April 2018 00:00

On Wednesday, March 28, 2018, 22 young people from the St. Martin’s de Porres area were taken on a visit to the Belize Central Prison in Hattieville to get a firsthand account of the life of an inmate. According to Senior Superintendent Howell Gillett, O.C., Eastern Division South, this was done with the intent of dissuading the children and their peers from wanting to participate in crimes that could land them in prison. “The presentations made by the inmates were real and serve as a deterrent.”

In one of the presentations, the children learnt that the liberty of the inmate is restricted and small cells are shared with many others. They also learnt that the use of electronic devices, such as phones, tablets, and game consoles, are prohibited. Sr. Spt. Gillett is certain that this type of immediate and direct intervention will at least cause future criminals to have second thoughts about their actions in the real world.

Virgilio Murillo and the staff at the Kolbe Foundation facilitated the process while police officers safeguarded the visiting children and their parents.

Later that same day, four officers from Southside, Belize City were recognized for having taken two handguns off the streets. On hand to do the presentations was Commissioner of Police, Allen Whylie. In his remarks, COMPOL Whylie urged the officers to continue to be vigilant as they make the city safer. The officers were treated to a five course meal at the Chon Saan Restaurant and Sr. Spt. Gillett thanks Lee Mark Chang for his effort.

Separately, Chang has been working with the Sr. Spt. to provide jobs for young men and has so far agreed to permanently employ 3 deliverymen. Sr. Spt. Gillett had previously met with Bruce Sanchez of Bruce Cycling Club Bike Shop and ABC Framing who have agreed to place 2 youths on temporary employment. Sr. Spt. Gillett is of the opinion that if the young people are assisted with employment, there will be a decrease in the rate of crime.