Work continues to improve Southside policing Print E-mail
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Thursday, 19 April 2018 00:00

Sr. Spt. Howell Gillett and his team continue on the ground working on requests being made. After becoming the Eastern Division South Commander, Sr. Spt. Gillett met with his police personnel, most of whom were concerned with tents being used as checkpoints. In response to those requests, Sr. Spt. Gillett made a promise to replace the tents with functional booths with which the police officers at these checkpoints can be more efficient and effective.

That promise was made on national television and Oscar Lopez of Triple L Construction Supplies saw the interview and contacted ACP Broaster who made the connection with the superintendent. The officers will now be operating under better conditions. Thus far, the checkpoint at the corner of West Canal and Rocky Road has received a checkpoint booth.

Carlo Habet of Brothers Habet has pledged to donate two more.

Habet has previously worked with Sr. Spt. Gillett to offer a 15% discount on all items bought at Brothers Habet. This offer is being made to police officers from the Southside. Sr. Spt. Gillett has also met with UNO Sales Consultant, Lupita Zetina, to offer a 6%-10% discount on fuel to officers working on the Southside. An agreement has also been signed with Whalther Campos of Dibary Group of Companies. That agreement will see the Officer of the Month, commencing from April 1 to December 31, 2018, receiving $500 in the form of gift certificates. These and other initiatives are being done as  incentives to boost morale and effectiveness in police officers while dissuading corruption.

As part of his many efforts of community policing, Sr. Spt. Gillett has addressed the 28 inmates at the Wagner’s Youth Facility at the Belize Central Prison. There were a number of areas discussed which include conflict resolution, anger management, bullying, and gang violence. The Gang Resistance Education and Training (GREAT) program will be introduced to the members of this facility. GREAT is a US Embassy sponsored program that is geared at addressing the problems of gang violence, conflict resolution, and the like.

While at the facility, the inmates asked for some footballs with which they could constructively expend their energies. As such, three footballs were handed to the CEO of Kolbe Foundation, Virgilio Murillo. Thanks for this initiative goes to Earl Jones and the staff at the Football Federation of Belize (FFB).

Last Updated on Thursday, 19 April 2018 10:51