Posted: Friday, May 12, 2023. 2:10 pm CST.
By Zoila Palma Gonzalez: Today, Community Policing Commander, Howell Gillett took 40 students from 6 schools across Belize City to the Belize Central Prison.
Gillett noted that the students were chosen based on the level of vulnerability they’re exposed to.
Gillett says that the students were able to see the inside of the prison firsthand which can be a powerful deterrent for young people who may be considering criminal behavior.
“Visiting a prison can help them understand the real-life consequences of breaking the law and encourage them to make positive choices,” he added.
In addition, Gillett says that by engaging these youths, law enforcement can build trust and establish positive relationships to improve community relations.
Students interested in law enforcement or criminal justice careers can become more motivated and learn more about the responsibility that comes with those careers.
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