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Aug 16, 2016

For Back-To-School, Shop With A Cop!

Back-to-School preparations continue for most families with children of school age.  For those who are in dire need of financial assistance, particularly in light of the recent hurricane, members of the Belize Police Department have stepped up to lend a helping hand.  It’s called Shop With a Cop, an initiative born out of the Eastern Division North Precinct.  Today, participants of the program were treated to lunch before being taken on a shopping spree for stationeries and other school supplies.  Assistant Commissioner of Police Dezerie Phillips spoke with the media earlier today.

 

ACP Dezerie Phillips, Commander, Eastern Division North

“We are launching a new program under community policing that is called Shop With a Cop.  What we have done here is that we have identified twelve young persons who we believe are underprivileged, who are desirous of some assistance to get them prepared for back to school.  And so we would call it Back to School Shop With a Cop… They were selected in collaboration with the school principals, teachers and counselors in support with our community policing officers who visit them everyday.  This is something that we have been planning from early May and so even before school closed we already did a survey and we had our names.”

 

Dezerie Phillips

Reporter

“Let’s talk about how it’s going to work.  Shop With a Cop – what are we shopping for, where are the funds coming from and who are we going to be shopping with – that sort of thing.”

 

ACP Dezerie Phillips

“We’re shopping for basic school supplies, footwear, schoolbags that the kids are in need of.  Of course how this came about or how we did this, having gotten all the names and we identified suitable police officers to take up such a responsibility we then raffled the names among ourselves.  So the minute we got our name of the student we then reached out to the parent and the child, sat with them and then found out what are their basic school needs to have them return to school.  So that gave us an idea of what each child needs.  Now the funding will be coming from us police officers.  Initially when we came up with the idea to Shop with a Cop we wanted to do fundraisers because this is costly.  But with the hurricane and we’re still in the aftermath of the hurricane and all of that we didn’t find it prudent to go through a fundraiser and so our police officers decided that they will take on the costing to ensure that these kids get from the shopping what they really need to get back to school.”

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