President of the People’s Coalition of Cayo (PCC) Albert Moore handed over on Wednesday night, ‘The People’s Hero Award’, to Assistant Superintendent Amin August. There was a standing ovation for August. In receiving the award, Officer Amin August said “… it is my duty to protect and serve; I had to put in my input.”
On a Friday, October 12th, August was at the Western Poultry Bar on George Price Highway in Esperanza Village, Cayo when a turn of events changed his life. According to a detailed police report, three people, with cloths tied over their faces, had arrived at the Western Poultry Bar; was one armed with a pistol, the second with a machete and the third with a knife. Police reported that a male entered the store firing a shot above the people in the store and ordering everybody to the ground. Thereafter, the person with the knife held up an employee of Western Poultry and begun demanding money from the store. Amin August then became engaged in a struggle with the person armed with the firearm and as a result, he received a single shot in his abdominal region.
The occasion for Wednesday night’s meeting was for the Annual General Meeting of the People’s Coalition of Cayo. The PCC is a community and police joint initiative geared towards fighting crime. Nominated Wednesday night to President is Albert Moore; Vice President Julian Sherrard; Tresurer Dona Sosa; Secretary Sherry Gibbs; and members for fundraising Greg Shropshire, Bill Butcher and Santiago Juan.
In other news, officer commanding San Ignacion, Ralph Moody reported that there are now fourteen neighborhood watches within his area of responsibility, which includes San Ignacio and Santa Elena, and he expects to have one in each zone from a total of twenty two zones. He affirmed that he will continue his predecessor’s work. In other good news, San Ignacio Police has received financing for the repair of one of its vehicles now in the garage. His goal “…if support is obtained…” is to set up a precinct in Santa Elena Town, which he considers to be a large area, and that move he believes, “…will deter crime in that area.”
“I would like to thank the people within my area of responsibility to continue to support the police, continue to report crime so that San Ignacio and Santa Elena remain a peaceful area”, he told The Guardian.