Follow Ryan as he works with PADF and local agencies to prevent crime in his neighborhood in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad and Tobago.
"East Port of Spain isa country within a country," says Inspector Elvin Reid. "It is just different."
The city's main problem is homicides.
"Most of our homicides are gang related," says Reid. "All this has come about because of what we have called border wars. If you cross the border you can die. You’ll be shot, you’ll be killed."
In the midst of this is Ryan Assing, a high school student who works hard and make his parents proud. "I just want to be somebody in life," he says. He faces numerous challenges because of the neighborhood he lives in, including finding transportation to school. Taxi drivers are hesitant to visit his area, fearful of gang violence.
Ryan participates in the Resistance and Prevention Program (RAPP), which is funded by the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) and implemented by PADF. RAPP seeks to engage communities. The program reaches out to police officers, social workers, government officials, parents and youth themselves in order to tackle the root causes of crime.
"It’s all preventing the younger ones from getting into this position of dealing with crime. If this program reach big, which it will reach big, it will help out a lot because we're looking at the younger ones' future."