Posted: Wednesday, August 8, 2018. 2:04 pm CST.
By BBN Staff: Sacred Heart Junior College (SHJC) yesterday awarded scholarships to two police officers from the San Ignacio Police formation.
The new initiative by the college sees the police officers on a working scholarship program.
Sacred Heart Junior College believes that emphasis in higher education should not only focus on academic achievement but on being an integral partner in the community.
The relationship with the Belize Police Department was created via the Community Policing Unit and more specifically the “Du di rait ting” program where SHJC has committed to providing a full 2-year scholarship to one national “Du di rait ting” finalist each school year.
SHJC recognizes and is cognizant that all facets of society must do their parts in providing opportunities that will detour and alleviate societal ills.
As a Catholic educational institution of higher education, SHJC feels that it is their civic duty to serve the community at large.
Aside from providing scholarship opportunities for “Du di rait ting” finalists, SHJC developed a culture of identifying “at risk” youths and steering them towards opportunities for study, mentorship, and guidance.
While working with the Police Department, SHJC noticed that officers work extremely hard at maintaining law and order, often giving so much of themselves to the job that professional development while being an aspiration is always placed on hold.
Education should provide social change and change can only happen if all aspects of an entity are being addressed which means not only on young people but also officers.
SHJC is confident that the quality education the institution provides will be a tremendous asset not only in professionally developing the individual officers but the department overall when the academic training and ethic are being practiced in the department.
The scholarships are not automatic; the officers must meet the admission requirements, they must meet the school’s scholarship criterion, as well as, successfully interview for a position.
For the value of their scholarships, officers will provide 200 hours of service to SHJC assisting their in-house security and streamlining a safety and security protocol.
The first two officers to participate in this program are WPC Joan Stanford and PC Drahcir Reid from the Community policing unit in San Ignacio.
The Belize Police department thanks SHJC for their partnership and Cpl. Jason Jones for making this initiative a reality.
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