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Aug 19, 2015

Jane Usher Kids Receive School Bags from Police Department

Today, children in the Jane Usher Boulevard area of Belize City were provided with much needed school bags and supplies, just in time for the start of the new school year. The donation was courtesy of Eastern Division South of the Police Department, who for some time now has been rolling out several community policing initiatives in problems areas across the city. Regional Commander, Chester Williams spoke to the media about the event.


Sr. Supt. Chester Williams, Regional Commander, Eastern Division South

“We continue our police community initiative and what we are doing here today is one way for the police to give back to the community. We have a lot of children in the Jane Usher Boulevard area who are needy. The parents cannot provide for them what they need to go back to school so we saw the need and we took the initiative to seek contribution from different business establishment including VIP Wireless, we have Mister Omar Ortiz who assisted us; we have Doctor Carla Barnett who assisted us from the Freetown Division area. With that we put together a total of eighty-four bags and the bags include in it, exercise books—some have up to six exercise books in them—pencils, pens, geometry sets for the high school ones, tooth brush in some cases. So the bags are fully loaded. We are distributing to primary school, high school and preschool students.”


Chester Williams

Duane Moody

“How does this help with efforts that you guys are doing to police the area because that is what the mandate of the police department is?”


Sr. Supt. Chester Williams

“Well the event we had before was more geared at those persons who are already caught up in the criminal justice system, in some way or the other. So what we are trying to do today is to reach out to the more younger youths. As you heard me said before that we are now embarking on recruiting the young children from the different areas to become part of the police youth cadet corps. so it is a way to start. And what we want to do is when we have them in the police youth cadet corps, we will do this for them every year because we want to take care of those children who are under our responsibility to ensure that they have what they need to go to school on a daily basis.”


Another distribution of schools bags will be done next week for children in the Mayflower Street area. 

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