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Dec 21, 2016

Police Meet Community and Give Out Christmas Hampers

Officers attached to Eastern Division South were out and about in south side Belize City today, but it wasn’t for its routine meet and greet sessions; instead they were giving back to the community. Ninety-plus residents were the lucky recipients of food hampers, just in time for the Christmas holidays. The goodies were donated for the most part by the business community, but officers also chipped in, providing canned foods that were included in the hampers. Just after three p.m., police trucks were dispatched across south side Belize City to make that special delivery. News Five caught up with ACP Chester Williams who spoke about the initiative for the Christmas season.

 

Chester Williams

ACP Chester Williams, Regional Commander, Eastern Division South

“You know we are in the Christmas season and the Christmas season is the season of love, the season of joy, the season of sharing and as a police department what we are doing this afternoon is the share the love and share with people who we know for some reason or the other cannot have the necessity that they would need for Christmas.”

 

Reporter

“How many hampers are you guys distributing?”

 

ACP Chester Williams

“Today we are distributing a total of ninety-five hampers across south side Belize City and we try to identity those persons who we know are not able to provide for themselves. And if you notice in most cases, they are elderly people who live alone. And so we find that sometimes the elderly people are left alone, they don’t have a means of income so it is difficult for them to provide for themselves for Christmas. So as a police department, we try to reach out to them to see how best we could assist to make their Christmas come true.”

 

Duane Moody

“Why is this important for the police?”

 

ACP Chester Williams

“It is important for us because as a police department, we are about caring, about people and it comes under our community policing initiatives. We are reaching out to the community. You know, often times you hear about the police and it is always something negative so we try to do positive things to give the police department a positive image while at the same time helping those who we know need the help.”

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