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Thirty-eight officers graduated from the GREAT program

The Gang Resistance Education and Training Instructors, GREAT program graduation exercise saw a total of thirty-eight police officers graduated. Twenty-three of these officers were from Belize while fifteen were from El Salvador. At yesterday’s graduation ceremony, U.S. Chargé d’Affaires, Keith Gilges praised the new instructors, stating “You are taking on an incredibly important role as educators and mentors.  To break the cycle of crime, there is no substitute for reaching children before they are lured into a gang or tempted by some other dangerous activity.” Over the years, the program has trained two hundred and nineteen officers and those officers have gone on to reach to seventeen thousand six hundred and sixty-eight children through the program. The eight-day G.R.E.A.T. instructor training was supported by the U.S. Embassy’s International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs program.