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The main task and responsibility of The Belize Police Department is to fight crime thus keeping Belizeans safe. But despite of the immense efforts by the department, statistics prove that it will take the entire nation to fight crime. And that is where the “G.R.E.A.T” program comes in. The Gang Resistance Education and Training project was launched in 2010 with the aim of teaching youths the importance of being good citizens and how to resist the pressure of entering gangs. The initiative is being incorporated countrywide and today students from three primary schools in the Corozal District found themselves taking part in the last day of the 13 weeks program as they received their certificates. Reporter Victor Castillo has the story.


greatVictor Castillo – Reporting


Today certificates were handed over to 25 students from the Church of Christ School in the Corozal District. But they were not graduating from Standard Six, they were being awarded for successfully completing the 13 weeks Gang Resistance Education and Training program introduced by the Police department along with the Ministry of Education and funded in part by the United States Embassy.

While “G.R.E.A.T” has been implemented in other parts of the country, it was recently introduced in the Corozal District.


Abner Marroquin – PC Community Policing

“It was very exciting, it was something new to me, it was my first experience with the students here in the Corozal Distirct and we selected three schools and we and a total of 70 students, I mean it was something not easy especially for having a police officer along with the students and the teacher but at the end of the day the program was a success and today we will have the first amount of students that will be graduating from the GREAT Program.”

Victor Castillo – Reporter

“How is it that you all chose the schools and what kind of children are you all catering for?”


Abner Marroquin – PC Community Policing

“Well the community policing unit get along with OC Corozal and Superintendent Ramirez and along with myself we get together and we selected the three schools that would be; Methodist Primary School, San Antonio Government School and Church of Christ Primary School, the program is designed for students that are exposed to crime and violence hence that is the reason we selected those three schools to be part of the GREAT program.”

During the program participants received training in a number of areas including life skills.


Abner Marroquin – PC Community Policing


“The GREAT student handbook consists of thirteen lessons and these lessons teach about the street gangs and violence, it also have different refusals skills, decision making skills, whole making skills and other skills that train the students in the even that they are facing a real life situation when it comes to gangs and violence.”


Victor Castillo – Reporter


“How will this benefit them in their life style?”


Abner Marroquin – PC Community Policing


“Well, the students having the adequate skills when they are faced in situations relating to drugs, violence, gangs and alcohol, they know how to act, they know what measures to take an they have the adequate skill to make when a yes means yes and a no means no.”


As for the graduates, they were overwhelmed with their latest achievement.


GREAT Graduate


“I feel good about the police that they came to my school to do this program.”


Victor Castillo – Reporter


“What are some of the things that you have learnt while taking this program?”


GREAT Graduate


“I learnt about top bullying and not joining a gang.”


Victor Castillo – Reporter


“How will this help you with your family, you as an individual and as a community member at large?”


GREAT Graduate


“It will help me by keeping me in school for a good education.”


The “G.R.E.A.T” Program was launched in 2010 and has seen the participation of hundreds of students countrywide.


Graduation Ceremonies continue next week Tuesday in the village of San Antonio followed by Corozal Methodist on Wednesday.

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