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Dec 7, 2015

Pickstock Social Interaction Program Links Up with Police Department

Of late the Police Department has been big on community policing, and the statistics have indicated very positive results. But it isn’t all about the ‘meet and greet’ initiatives in traditional city hotspots – it’s also about the Police getting involved in constructive recreation with those they are pledged to protect and serve. Over the weekend there was some hands on police/community interaction at the Pickstock hutment after members of the department were approached by a group of youths calling themselves the Pickstock Social Interaction Program.

 

ASP Christopher Noble, Coordinator of Event

“They came to us asking for some assistance wanting to do somewhat of a sports day. They did a basketball marathon on Saturday along with bicycle raises for the kids and the day was to their advantage. They asked us for some support and commander precinct three and four came on board with us along with commander north and her deputy, Miss Phillips and Mister Grinage. And we got together the resources for them and basically went out as a part of a support group. We did see support from sponsors like Bowen and Bowen, B.T.L., Jex Trophies and other persons that brought in kind contributions on the day of the event. So we did have a good day and we are asking if any other person is out there that has an initiative, come to us. North side, we will facilitate and I am certain that any other side will assist you with the essential issues that you need to iron out.”

 

Mike Rudon

“So this is just a further effort by the police to interact more with the communities that they serve?”

 

Christopher Noble

ASP Christopher Noble

“It is a community policing initiative. The interaction is there and now we are seeing where people that were not on our side before are coming to us for assistance. We are asking for anybody else to come on board with us. This is something that is positive, it is good for the community and we welcome anybody that wants to try it.”

 

Mike Rudon

“Would the police department explore doing this in other areas of Belize City that are traditionally known as hot zones?”

 

ASP Christopher Noble

“I’m certain that it is something that would be explored. I am certain that other persons are doing it, but for us it was a first that they came to us because the tradition is us going to them.”

 

The Pickstock Social Interaction Program is made up of youths who have been on the wrong side of the law but have determined to change their lives and better their communities.

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