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Commander of Community Policing hosts Santa Elena Town Meeting spearheaded by Councilor Aaron Mai

Posted: Friday, June 21, 2024. 9:31 am CST.

By Zoila Palma Gonzalez: On Thursday night, Commander of Community Policing Assistant Commissioner of Police Howell Gillett met with residents of Santa Elena Town to discuss the re-activation of the neighbourhood watch groups and the Special Constables committee.

The meeting was organized by Councilor Aaron Mai of the San Ignacio and Santa Elena Town Council and Special Constable (SC) Zoila Gonzalez.

Commander Gillett explained that several of the Community Policing programs including the Positive Engagement and Civic Education Program (PEACE) program are coming soon to schools in Cayo.

Cayo Central Area Representative Alex Balona encouraged the community to continue to work with the police and gave an update on the location for the Santa Elena Town police station.

SC Chairman Alberto Palma urged greater community-police interactions to foster better communication and good working relationships.

President of the Youth Empowerment Alliance, Adrian Palma, shared recommendations for the revival of the “The Checkpoint” show, sharing safety tips with the community, Meet and Greet and family-oriented events to build trust with the community.

Senior neighbourhood watch members also encouraged more police-community working strategies and a better working relationship.

SC Gonzalez recommended enforcement for students roaming to attend classes and cooperation between police and the Ministry of Education. In addition, the neighbourhood watch groups reactivated their WhatsApp groups to keep the community informed.

Town Administrator Dr Anthony Cal thanked all residents for attending the meeting.

Councilor Mai also expressed gratitude to Commander Gillett and his team for their commitment to community policing.


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