Pursuing its goal to educate young people about the importance of police and the justice system, the Pan American Development Foundation successfully carried out a series of job shadowing tours during the month of October under the Resistance and Prevention Program (RAPP). Funded by the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL), the job shadowing tours reached more than 70 high school students in the Bahamas, enabling them to develop knowledge, skills, and values from direct experiences outside the traditional classroom setting.
“I thought that the job shadowing was very interesting,” said one student. “I learned a lot about crime and I think that one day I may want to be a police [officer]. I really enjoyed the session that we had!”
Tours were held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and saw the participation of approximately 25 students each. The day began with an orientation, led by RAPP Accredited Facilitators from PADF and local police departments, which provided students with information about RAPP, the justice system, and crime prevention. Once the orientation was complete, the students visited two agencies and spent two hours with professionals. Agency representatives had the chance to talk about the history and activities of their respective organizations, career/job opportunities, and the contribution of their organization to crime fighting efforts in the Bahamas.
PADF is confident that after a full day of intense learning about the need to fight crime and uphold the country’s laws, young students in the Bahamas are now more committed to being good citizens and striving to be proactive in the prevention of crime within their communities.