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Jul 11, 2012

Cops award youths who did the right thing

A research is not needed to know for sure that many of the country’s murders are being committed by young people who should be part of the productive sector. The victims themselves are often in the same age bracket. Since 2006, the police department adopted a strategy of finding and communicating with teens, who faced tough choices and did the right thing. Clearly making the right choice is a cause for celebration in an age where punishment for doing wrong is shown daily in the magistrate court section of the newscast.  Earlier today, the police department awarded ten students in the company of their family members at the Old Belize facility. News Five’s Jose Sanchez spoke to some of the youths about the choices they made.

 

Jose Sanchez, Reporting

The police department’s annual “Du Di Rite Ting” program is an initiative designed to commend youths who achieve in spite of challenges. Today, teens from across the country were recognized by the department for their achievements.

 

Dehanne Williams

Inspector Dehanne Williams, Ag. Commander, Community Policing

“The program came about because young people in our country were being looked upon in a negative way. The then commissioner, Mister Westby went abroad and saw this program working in the U.S. and he decided you know what it is enough that our young people are being on news being arrested for robbery, burglary, murders. And so we decided that in 2006, we must do something; we must do a turnaround for our young people.”

 

George Lovell

Lt. Col. George Lovell (Ret’d), C.E.O., Ministry of National Security

“Education is a must if Belize aspires to achieve growth and development; more importantly sustain it. In reviewing the protocols for the “Du Di Rait Ting” Program, I note that there were specific criteria for students to be nominated as the potential candidate for these awards. Amongst the many criteria, their academic success or positive change in attitude and study habits and their outstanding conduct or positive turnaround in behavior were at the top of the list.”

 

And at the top of the police department’s list is Ken Gabb who was nominated by his teacher Mrs. Middleton at Gwen Lizaragga High School.

 

Ken Gabb

Ken Gabb, 1st Place Candidate, Gwen Lizarraga High School

“Doing the right thing wasn’t an easy task for me growing up because I had a lot of obstacles in my way—distracting and holding me back. But as I matured, I started to realize that I wasn’t going on the right path. So I decided to stand tall and hold my head high; proceeding through the path of righteousness and knowing that at the end of the road will be a lot of rewards. Thus I was told about the “Du Di Rait Ting” Competition and decided to compete. I was elected as the regional first place candidate for Belize City and went on to achieve first place as the National Du Di Rait Ting candidate. And in endnote, I would like to thank my parent, Miss Therese Chavarria, my principal, Miss McKay, the teacher that motivated me for going into this competition, Misses Middleton and all my teachers at Gwen Lizarraga High School who told me that I could do the right thing.”

 

Steven Green

Steven Green, 2nd Place, Georgetown Technical High School

“I came in second place for “Du Di Rait Ting” program. I thank my sponsors, I thank my school, my family, my friends and my teachers for the help. If it wasn’t for them, I wouldn’t have been here. I would have been in the streets doing all kinds of different things. As a youth, it is very challenging, very hard—a lot of peer pressure. So to the youths, I would really like to encourage them to do the right thing and to continue what I am doing.”

 

Jose Sanchez

“What were some of the challenges that you faced in life?”

 

Steven Green

“First of all, I don’t have a mother or a father to count on. My grandmother, Miss Rita Ramclam, she helped me go to school and there are some people in Independence that I asked for help. I’m a helpful person, I help everyone. If I need a new job, I would go there and help them with anything just to get a little money for school and to meet my bills.”

 

Reporter

“What does it mean to you to have been chosen as the second place winner for the “Du Di Rait Ting?”

 

Steven Green

“I’m so surprise, I’m so amazed, I’m so happy. You guys don’t know how I feel right now, but I feel happy because it is the first time our school, Georgetown High School, every get into it. I love it because I came in second place; I really wanted to come in first, but I gotta try harder. But I’ll never give up; that’s one thing. I’m a survivor. I always survive.”

 

Shakeem Guzman, 3rd Place, St. Ignatius High School

“I attend St. Ignatius High School. I got in this program from my counselor, Miss Lupita Gillett. She helped me get into the program so.”

 

Reporter

Shakeem Guzman

“Tell us about what it means for you to have been chosen for the DU Di Rait Ting” as the third place winner?”

 

Shakeem Guzman

“Well I am very honored, I didn’t quite expect it. It came unexpected and I’m proud to be the third place winner.”

 

Jose Sanchez

“What did you have to do as a part of being in this program?”

 

Shakeem Guzman

“Well I’m not sure, but I guess it’s all about making the right decisions in my life. That’s what makes me a part of the program.”

 

Normally youths aren’t rewarded for doing the right thing but all participants received prizes for their efforts. Reporting for News Five, Jose Sanchez.

 

Second place winner Steven Green received a sixth form scholarship. Green is still in high school and told News Five he is seeking assistance or a scholarship to help him complete fourth form at Georgetown Technical High School.

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2 Responses for “Cops award youths who did the right thing”

  1. Storm says:

    My respect and congratulations to each of these righteous young people. Ken Gabb suggested a profound point, that for each of us life is a journey — pick your target destinations and try to take every step in the most direct path to reach them. Detours for harmful activities will add up to prevent you from reaching your goal if you follow them.

  2. leon leon says:

    Channel 5, this is the type of story people need be informed about. I am tired of reading about the criminal activities – always being given the “spotlight”. Stop reporting those stories as if though they glorify the lives of our people. I am sure you can find constructive stories taking place n,s,e or west of the country.
    “Du Di Rite Ting” has touched my heart. All those involved in helping these young people, you deserve to be well recognized. Steven Green, you brought tears to my eyes. Be proud young man. Keep looking to your future with POSITIVE THOUGHTS. Continue to DREAM BIG & you will be A TRUE SUCCESS. Your positive attitude will pull you through difficult times. Don’t give up young man. To your Grandmother, Ms Rita Ramclam, lady, you are BLESSED. You are the corner posts for your grandson. You are the light for his life. Good things will shower upon both of you. To all the teachers, keep up the excellent work and continue to help more young people – SAVE OUR FUTURE LEADERS – SAVE OUR COUNTRY. To the kind people who willingly share the little they may have, continue to share.
    Many times we forget about the good people in life. TODAY, let us salute all those involved with this program and salute all the winners. TODAY IS YOUR DAY.
    I AM PROUD TO BE A BELIZEAN.

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