By Benjamin Flowers, Staff Reporter
Today, 25 women walk the streets feeling safer, having completed a self-defence training course in collaboration with the Belize Police Department.
Members of the Alovera Neighbourhood Watch Committee received certificates of completion kn Friday at a ceremony at the Samuel Haynes Institute of Excellence, having completed the three month-self defence course.
Michelle Cleland, president of the committee, said that because of the recent spike in crime and home invasions in the area, the committee decided to partner with the community policing unit to give self defence classes to the women in the area.
“We are encouraging women to stand up for themselves,” Cleland said, “we have women here who are 65, and 68, so anyone can participate.”
Sgt. Brent Hamilton, officer in charge of community police precinct 2 explained that given the success of the pilot project the program will continue and be extended to other neighbourhoods as well.
“We encourage people to come out, it’s free all you need to give is your time, and together we can have a safer Belize,” Hamilton said.
He added that apart from self-defence, the program also covered topics such as fitness, emotional wellness, domestic violence and community relations.
The Love Foundation was the program’s corporate sponsor.