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Posted: Wednesday, March 28, 2018. 1:20 p.m. CST.

By BBN Staff: Southside Commander,   Howell Gillett  continues to meet with members of the business community to discuss ways on how they can fight crime in the Southside of Belize City.

Yesterday, Gillett met with  Starla Bradley and Maureen Williams of the Community Rehabilitation Department.

Bradley and Williams offered support services such as counseling, life skills, anger management and conflict resolution to families in the Southside.

Gillett also met with Leroy Almendarez of the University of Belize who specializes in drafting of proposals relating to lifestyle changes in young black men.

He also discussed the current farming project at the Jane Usher/ Fabers road area with Carla Cuellar of the Young Men Christian Association and Jane Bennett of the University of the West Indies.

Gillett informed that the Eastern Division South of the Police Department will immediately implement farming projects at three schools on the Southside. He said that he will be requesting the support of the Ministry of Agriculture for this initiative.

From his observations, Gillett informed that there must be more emphasis on young men that live in Belize’s Southside.

Through his discussions with these stakeholders, he requested their support in their respective expertise as well as resources to assist in promoting positive activities that involve the youths to become active in their community.

“ Parents please teach your sons that it’s quite ok to cry, don’t call your kids a fool, you stupid or you can’t learn. Don’t ever tell your child that if you don’t do x,z then I’ll call the police. The latter teaches a child to see the police as an enemy at an early stage,” Gillett alluded.

He says that all new ideas are welcome as only an all-inclusive approach will work to eradicate crime in Belize.

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