Over 30 young Palauans graduated from the Law Enforcement Explorer’s Academy (LEEP), a mini version of the police academy that aims to entice the youth to pursue law enforcement career in the future and raise children’s awareness on the bad effects of drugs.
Thirty-six children were awarded with certificates during a graduation ceremony held at the Koror Elementary School Gym yesterday, August 2, which was attended by officers and staff from the Ministry of Justice (MOJ). Among those who graced the event were Narcotics Enforcement Agency Director Ismael Aguon, Public Safety Director Alloysius Alonz, Palau National Olympic Committee (PNOC) Secretary General and Community and Cultural Affairs Minister Baklai Temengil-Chilton, Director Andrew Tabelual, and Special Assistant to the Minister of Justice (MOJ) Keiden Kintol.
In an interview during the sidelines of the graduation ceremony, Director Aguon said that through LEEP, officers can give as much information to the kids about the dangers of drugs.
“What this program is trying to do is catch the people at a young age and try to give them as much information as possible about the dangers and the bad life that is associated with drug abuse so that they will not experiment and make that conscious decision that drugs is bad for them,” Aguon said.
“We’re trying to control the trend of people going to drugs and address also the addicted people and also arrest and prosecute the violators or the smugglers [of illegal drugs], Aguon added.
The LEEP opened last July 23 and it served as a venue for the youth to learn about basic law enforcement and survival skills. (Rhealyn C. Pojas)