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Aug 12, 2015

“Jungle” Gets a Police Makeover

The Belize Police Department and other partners were in Pickstock early this morning doing a much needed clean up in an area popularly called “The Jungle.” There were bags and bags of garbage pulled out from all corners by residents and the officers on hand. News Five was there to learn about the wider effort of the police within that neighborhood. Andrea Polanco reports.

 

Andrea Polanco, Reporting

Police officers and partners got down and dirty cleaning up a neighbourhood in the city. As a part of a cleanup campaign, the work started around six this morning here at the Pickstock Hutment- an area known as “the jungle.”

 

Dezerie Phillips

ACP Dezerie Phillips, Officer Commanding Eastern Division North

“What happened that last week Friday we went out to do one of our routine meet and greet and when we came out here this place was just overwhelmed with garbage. We spoke with the residents and we offered to come out and partner with them to assist and clean up the area and they were very embracing of the idea.”

 

And even the young children joined in picking up garbage with the police. From pieces of sticks, to old appliances and plastics, vehicle tires, food packages and clothing- everything was being picked up, bagged and taken for proper disposal.

 

ACP Dezerie Phillips

“It’s tons and tons of garbage as you can see. We partnered with the city council and CISCO and we have the area representative here as well who has partnered with us so it is a very large project that we are doing here as well. What we intend to do is that next week we will be washing up the buildings and then we will be painting. What we are looking at is uplifting the area. In the larger scheme of things, we are reaching out and trying to empower the community to keep their area clean and keep there are with less incidence of crime. They have pledged to continue to keep it that way because what is important as well is the sustainability but we have gotten their commitment that they will keep their area clean. And we have also engaged as you can see from the very young to the very old to be a part of this initiative.”

 

And there are other measures to be implemented in “the jungle’. All these initiatives are in an effort to build a better relationship with these hot spot communities.

 

ACP Dezerie Phillips

“We have gotten a commitment from the City Council that at least three more of those large parts of truck will be installed within this area and we will also be installing garbage drums that will be strategically placed in the hutment area. We will also be placing at least two officers to keep presence in the area not only to look at the issue of littering, but as well to help build relation with the community within this area.”

 

Reporting for News Five, I am Andrea Polanco.

 

The Police say that there are upcoming initiatives for other areas in the city, including Pinks Alley.

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1 Response for ““Jungle” Gets a Police Makeover”

  1. tarantula says:

    Congratulations to all who participated . A good news and uplifting piece!

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