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Jul 5, 2013

Police Department recognizes honorable youths

The annual Du Di Rait Ting Award Ceremony organized by the Police Department took place this morning in Belize City. Five high schools participated, but it is the Independence High School that has distinguished itself once again. For the third time, one of its students has won the top prize. Dexter Hernandez, who sold panades to get through primary and high schools, was awarded a scholarship to further his studies. Duane Moody reports.


Dexter Hernandez, 1st Place Winner, Du Di Rait Ting Program

“The police officer came to me and I was a bit frightened, but when he explained to me that I won the award, I was very excited. I went straight to tell my mother. She was very excited for me too.”


Duane Moody, Reporting

For the third time since its inception, Independence High School has produced the first place winner for the program. First in 2006, then in 2011 and now in 2013 with Dexter Hernandez. Hernandez just recently joined the program. He also spoke of the hard work and struggles in his life to receive an education.


Dexter Hernandez

Dexter Hernandez

“From I was small. I just join this program this year and I was lucky I won the prize. For me I had a lot of struggle. For me I had to go and sell panades for my mom all my years from I was little; that’s what sent me to primary school and high school.  I’m really glad for the opportunity, I will use it and I will take my studies further. This award, the scholarship is for an associate’s degree. I wanna take tourism and so at I.J.C, I will take tourism and then move on from there.”


And today, Hernandez was joined by some nine other students from five high schools: Independence, Saint Ignatius Belmopan Baptist, ANRI and the Caye Caulker Ocean Academy. They all received an opportunity of a lifetime…to acquire an associate’s degree at the school of their choice as well as laptops and other educational material. It is the Belize Police Department’s eight annual Du Di Rait Ting program to assist underprivileged youths throughout the country.


Allen Whylie

Allen Whylie, Commissioner of Police

“The Du Di Rait Ting Program is a special program and it is tailored just to deal with students and at the end of the day, if you are successful, then it brings its own awards. It is very easy, not only in Belize to do the wrong things, but it takes a very conscious effort to do right at all times. And it takes a special group of people, the family, to lend support to the kids.  I think every student who participates in the Du Di Rait Ting program is a winner in his/her own special way. And I want to say thank you for changing your behavior; whatever difficulties you were experiencing and to now being a positive role model in all the schools across the length and breadth of Belize.”


George Lovell

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

“You have worked extremely hard over the last year and are most deserving of these awards. It is quite an achievement; one that you have certainly made all of us in this room her today proud of. I want to ask though that you do not treat this in the final achievement as your quest in doing the right thing, but rather as the beginning of that journey in the right direction.”


Commander of the Community Policing Unit, Senior Superintendent Louise Willis, spoke of the criteria for the program.


Louise Willis

Sr. Supt. Louise Willis, Commander, Community Policing

“The guidelines for selection is very strict. Students must maintain a good grade in school, exemplary conduct and participation in community service. The awards given to the awardees will give new meaning to some of their lives. This year’s selections were very close. All the stories were very inspiring to read; it was very difficult for us to come up with first place and the rest of winners.”


Duane Moody for News Five.

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2 Responses for “Police Department recognizes honorable youths”

  1. Johnny Cash says:

    Excellent initiative. Kudos to the Police Department and Congratulations to the Awardees.

  2. aij says:

    “Du Di Rait Ting” as if the police even know what that is…

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