noimageThe final leg of the GREAT program piloted in the Corozal District took place today at the Corozal Methodist Primary School with 30 more students forming part of over 5,000 certified GREAT participants.

The Gang Resistance Education and Training program is an evidence-based and effective gang and violence prevention program with law enforcement officers instructing classroom courses. This marks the fourth year that the G.R.E.A.T program has been implemented in primary schools country wide.

Dephane Augustine – W-Inspector Community Policing.

“These students they made history today, because it is Corozal first year in being a part of this G.R.E.A.T. program, the join in the five thousand plus student that we had graduated from this program over the past four years.”


Victor Castillo – Reporter

“What motivated the department to bring this program here in Corozal?”

Dephane Augustine – W-Inspector Community Policing.

“We have been trying to have the GREAT program country wide because at the end of the day we must realize that even though the children may not be given any trouble but at the end of the day there is nothing better to equip them in the event that they may encounter some peer pressure.”

While the program was recently introduced in Corozal it is being deemed a success at a national level.


Victor Castillo – Reporter

“For the four years that this pilot project has been conducted across the country especially in Belize City how beneficial has it become for you guys and what are some of the changes as you as a department have seen in these students, or these participants that have been part of the GREAT program?”

Dephane Augustine – W-Inspector Community Policing.

“Last year we did a GREAT documentary and in that documentary students, school administrators, and parents were interviewed and one of the things that came out of all those interviews was that there was behavioral change in one story there was this young man that whenever the police officer would entered that classroom  the young man would walk out of the classroom and at the end of the session the behavior change and we also have stories where student who did not had confidence in themselves because part of the program had to do with reading and participating in a skit at the beginning of the lesson and some of the students they got brave and they start reading and they start participating and hat some of the police officer is that some of these students, their home is what we would look at as where there are criminal activities and so they were negatively influenced and at the end of the day the students realized that the police officers are there to assist them and parents realized also that at the end of the day the program also assist them in their parenting, the teachers and the principal report a reduction in incidents that are happening in the school.”

This year 70 students from three different schools in Corozal graduated from the program.

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