By Leroy Smith
Today (April 20, 2017) several young people who are part of the various youth groups in ‘A’ Division presented samples of their revenue-earning products to Minister of Public Security Khemraj Ramjattan, Police Commissioner Seelall Persaud and Divisional Commander Clifton Hicken.
As part of the activities within the ‘A’ Division Youth Groups, the police have been working with the young people teaching them to become self-sufficient.
In this regard, the young people have been making items such as plantain chips, mettai, achar, fried channa, fudge, pepper sauce and more.
Each youth group has been producing their own products which have been well packaged. They provided the three senior public servants with samples of each product.
Commander of ‘A’ Division, Clifton Hicken told the News Room that his division has acted as the marketing agent for the products with many of them being sold at wholesale prices to several distributors.
It was also communicated to the News Room that Gafoors is on board and provided the young people with a spot at its Houston complex where they have been selling their products.
Commissioner of Police Seelall Persaud said when he first started the Social Crime Prevention Programmes; this is exactly what he envisaged as it serves as an alternative to children getting involved in unlawful activities.
He further stated that as long as he remains at the helm of the Force, his encouragement and support for the various divisional commanders and their social crime prevention efforts would continue.
Minister of Public Security Khemraj Ramjattan also spoke after receiving the donation. He said Government is not blind to the reality that fighting crime goes beyond chasing after ‘bad guys’ but rather working with the youth to ensure that they never turn to a life of crime.
He praised the efforts of the police and the various individuals who have been supporting and making these programmes work.
All three of the gentlemen received the items at their individual offices.