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Posted: Tuesday, October 3, 2017. 9:13 a.m. CST.

By BBN Staff: A training session of the Gang Resistance Education and Training (GREAT) program is underway at the Radisson in Belize City. The GREAT program is a US sponsored program aimed at targeting young students and educating them on peer pressure, how to ignore and report bullying, and how to deal with the issue of gangs and drugs.

The sessions are being held from October 2-11.

A total of 40 officers are participating in the training.

Cpl. Jason Jones, Commander of the Community Policing Program, Cayo said: “This GREAT program session is being facilitated by four Belizean officers, one from the United States. There are a total of 40 participants, 25 from Belize, and 15 from El Salvador.”

The course is meant to train officers to go into the schools and teach the GREAT program. “I am doing the phase 7 of my training which means that once I pass this phase, I will be joining the ranks of the four other team leaders that Belize has that can train officers,” Jones said.

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