Guam- U.S. Attorney Alicia Limtiaco says her office will be planning a community event soon to address the concerns of young people and their parents when it comes to violence and other community issues.
Limtiaco spoke before the Rotary Club of Northern Guam Monday afternoon at the Hyatt hotel. She centered upon the progress made with Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) and the Gang Resistance Education and Training or GREAT program. The U.S. Attorney talks about how $2 billion dollars was invested in the reduction of gun violence and gang crimes nationwide since 2001. She also mentions how the GREAT program trains students for 6 weeks in the schools to prevent or deter youth violence and gang membership.
“The other part of the GREAT program is to try to build the relationship between law enforcement and children and families” said Limtiaco. “And so, rather than have our young people be so fearful of law enforcement, it’s really to develop a much better response…one in which the students and the young people look at law enforcement as being positive role models, which many of them do now.”
Limtiaco highlights the need for families to get involved with the program and how technology is useful to help communicate ideas between students and family members. She adds they plan on re-certifying over 20 of their law enforcement officers who are currently great instructors by April.