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National Community policing unit and Belmopan Aggregates and Hardware partner to assist students

Posted: Thursday, August 31, 2023. 8:16 am CST.

By Zoila Palma Gonzalez:  Several weeks ago, the National Community Oriented Policing Unit, in collaboration with the business community, granted scholarships to 10 deserving high school students.

However, due to budgetary constraints, another deserving student was not able to receive a scholarship.

Commander of Community Policing, Howell Gillett noted that since the funding for this year’s scholarship program had been exhausted, he decided to try and find another way to assist the student.

Gillett partnered with Belmopan Aggregates and Hardware and provided a weed cutter to assist the student in continuing school and potentially aiding his family with essential expenses.

“Fostering an appreciation for education can lead to improved job prospects, decreasing the likelihood of future involvement in criminal activities,” Gillett said.

Gillett referred to a study conducted by the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean which underscores the importance of education in crime prevention.

According to their findings, allowing students to remain enrolled in school until age 17 reduces the likelihood of their involvement in crime by 50%.

This proactive approach addresses the issue of crime prevention before it even materializes, emphasizing the crucial role of education.

 

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