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Jul 14, 2011

Police award teens for doing the right thing

The crime statistics and staggering, young people are falling by the wayside and the percentage of school drop-outs is high.  Still hope springs eternal and around the country there are some youths who are doing the right thing in their communities and schools. Today the Police Department hosted the sixth edition of its program called “Du Di Rait Ting.” Eight outstanding students were honored. News Five’s Andrea Polanco caught up with the group and their families at Old Belize.

Andrea Polanco, Reporting

Today eight students were recognized with medals, certificates and awards under the Police Department’s ‘Du Di Rait Ting’ Programme. Commissioner of Police, Crispin Jefferies says it seeks to help students develop their potential.

Crispin Jefferies

Crispin Jefferies, Commissioner of Police

“We saw the need for a program that will reach out to young persons at a certain age. We know that statistics is showing that there is a specific age group of persons both male female; particularly males, that are involved in crime and criminal activity. You would have noticed that the selection is mostly males rather than females. We see ‘du di rait ting’ program as having an outreach—giving people the opportunity to cover the areas that they may not have had the opportunity to further their education. They reached a stage in school where they have the will and capability, but not the resources and this ‘du di rait ting’ program sought to get sponsorship for some young persons to get involved in the programme.”

One such student, who has excelled, is Keenan Moguel of Independence High School. Moguel was selected as the most exemplary student, who has been doing all the right things. Moguel’s mother, Sharlene Castillo spoke of her son’s outstanding qualities.

Sharlene Castillo

Sharlene Castillo, Keenan Moguel’s Mother

“Keenan gets involved. Keenan talks to people. We have a gym at home; he teaches people to use the equipment and different things. He applies himself to many things and if he faces challenges, he is not one that I would consider much of a fighter. He is a person who would look at things and tries to make the best of a particular situation. I am very very proud of my son and what he has accomplished. He’s very calm and cool and involved in softball, he does band—he is involved in so many, many things.”

It is character building like this that the Belize Police Department’s Community Policing Program seeks to foster

Crispin Jefferies

“It is also an intervention that the program itself is basically monitored in school by the teachers and organizations to ensure that the person is participating in change of lifestyle behavior rather than antisocial behavior. So it is impacting in some way.”

Rolando Chub

Doing the right thing is exactly what the second, third and fourth place students have been doing both at their schools and in their communities

Rolando Chub, Corazon Creek Tech. High School, 3rd Place

“I do good things. When my principal saw that I did good things; then I help my friends, I cooperate with each other, I help in my community, I help elder people and others to do good things. When young people do bad things I tell them to stop do bad things and do the right thing.”

Andrea Polanco

“What’s next for you? Do you plan to continue doing the right thing?”

Rolando Chub

“Yeah I will continue because when I was young, my mom taught me how to do good things—helping others, etc. That’s how I learn to do good things.”

Bracilia Sanchez

Andrea Polanco

“Suh tell us about some of the right things that you’ve been doing?”

Bracilia Sanchez, New Hope High School, 2nd Place

“Well some of the right things I have been doing is community service, helping other people in need. If elderly persons need help and can’t do it by themselves, I go and help and take care of them.”

Leonardo Chiac, Corazon Creek Tech High School, 4th Place

“I help my friends them, my parents and older people. I see the benefit of school because I had work five years in bush so I made my mind to do my education and I neva know that I would have been selected for the ‘du di right ting’ program.”

And doing the right thing does pay off:

Leonardo Chiac

Crispin Jefferies

“We see students moving from one part of the country into Belize City because they got a scholarship and it is an opportunity they may not have had. So we see a lot of initiative and a lot of benefits come immediately to some young persons.”

Bracilia Sanchez

“Well I have won a desktop computer and it will help me further with the electronic devices I would have had to use the computer for and I don’t need to go to any computer lab and spend more there. So I have my one home.”

Rolando Chub, Corazon Creek Tech. High School, 3rd Place

“I feel I am not going to have to work noh much more because I am working hard to buy text books for my third form school I was working hard for the money for that.  So now, I think I could help myself with this money now.”

Leonardo Chiac

“Well the prizes will help me in doing my assignment quick time and I will not be losing too much papers. It will make it easier than that.”

Awards were also presented to the sponsors of the programme. Reporting for News Five, I am Andrea Polanco.

A total of sixteen students were nominated for the programme from seven high schools across the country.

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2 Responses for “Police award teens for doing the right thing”

  1. blvnjah says:

    LETS HAVE A PROGRAM NOW WHERE THE COPS ‘DO THE RIGHT THING’

  2. me says:

    how about one for the politicians? that is needed badly. especially now.

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