2017 Budget impacts Police Officers Conference
By Leroy Smith
Programs and policies of the Police Force would be rolled out early this year as the Guyana Police Force (GPF) brings forward its Annual Police Conference. According to sources, this decision follows a request from President David Granger.
Divisional and Branch Commanders of the Force were today informed of the decision which will open on Thursday, January 26, 2017, and conclude on Saturday, January 28, 2017.
The News Room was informed that the decision is a direct result of the early reading and subsequent passage of the 2017 National Budget.
Traditionally, the GPF held its Officers Conference in the month of March, however, in 2016, the conference was held in February shortly after the budget reading and passage which for the first time was presented in January.
At Wednesday’s meeting of Divisional and Branch Commanders, a proposed team for the conference was also put forward which will be finalised in the coming week.
The Budget plays a part in the decisions made at the Conference as consideration is given to the budgetary allocation for the Guyana Police Force which caters for the needs of the force in the areas of transportation procurement, arms and ammunition and salaries among others.
Among the speakers for the three days’ conference would be President David granger who would open the Conference, Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan, Director of Public Prosecutions Shalimar Ali-hack and other partners of the force.