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Dec 22, 2016

Police Officers’ Kids in Belmopan Receive Pre-Christmas Treat

The spirit of the season is not only limited to Belize City. This afternoon in the nation’s capital, a special party was organized for the children of police officers in the jurisdiction, many of whom will not see their moms or dads for the next few days, or indeed for the past few weeks, because they are keeping busy fighting and preventing crime. The Police Training Academy hosted approximately one hundred children who got a meal and their own Christmas gift thanks to the Department and the My Refuge and Word at Work Ministries based in the area. News Five stopped by and spoke to Pastor Richard Smith and Officer Commanding Belmopan Police, Senior Superintendent Howell Gillett.


Richard Smith

Richard Smith, Organizer, Belmopan Police Christmas Party

“This is our fourth year of having a Police party – it’s supposed to be for Police. Basically what we are doing is, we are saying to the Police: everybody look forward to securing our place; safety is number one. So the Police started to give of themselves from [the] fourth of December to what they call a special operation leading up to January fourth. That’s twelve-hour shifts; that’s twelve hours [away] from their kids. And sometimes we take [it] for granted; we don’t say thank you. So between My Refuge and Word at Work, we have agreed together, we are going to do something to appreciate what the Police is doing for the community.”


Howell Gillett

Sr. Supt. Howell Gillett, Officer Commanding, Belmopan Police

“While others are closing offices to spend the holiday, Police officers will be on duty twenty-four hours, so it is our way of telling our officers thank you; they don’t have the time, a lot of time, to be with their kids, but it is our way of saying thank you so much for what you have done for us in 2016, and we want that and more in 2017.  Officers are receiving food; the officers who are off-duty, while the kids will be receiving gifts along with the different fruits like apple, grape, and cakes and cupcakes; so we are happy to serve the kids of police officers, because we are fully aware that officers don’t have much time with families around this time of the year.”


We will share tips from Senior Superintendent Gillett for keeping your family and belongings safe in Friday’s newscast.

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