Six officers with the Neighborhood Policing Department of the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service recently took part in a day-long crime awareness and prevention event for youth at Clifton Hunter High School.
The event on June 24 was organized by the Youth Anti-Crime Trust, or Youth ACT, for the fourth year. It featured presentations by police and prison officers, crime prevention activists and community leaders to describe the realities and impact of crime on society and individual lives.
“I always look forward to this event because I have seen how it gets the students’ attention,” said PC Odale Mulgrave, who participated in the event.
“Students hear about the realities of crime in a way that only those who have worked in this area or who have lived through it can really describe,” he added.
The presentations are hard-hitting, and meant to make an impression, organizers said. More than 2,000 students in Years 8-11 from all three high schools have been guided through the seminars in the past three years.
“We believe in youth empowerment, not incarceration, and one thing that empowers youth is information,” said Youth ACT co-chair Bonnie Anglin. She said the event gives students the raw information about crime and its impact so that they can make informed choices about their lives.
“Youth ACT is committed to developing and implementing effective prevention programs to address antisocial behavior and reduce and prevent youth crime,” said Youth ACT co-chair Michael Myles.
“We encourage all citizens … to contact us and get involved to support young people as they navigate through life.”