‘C’ Division moving to expand Social Crime Prevention Programs
Written by Leroy Smith
On Friday (June 16, 2017) the police along the East Coast of Demerara, Police ‘C’ Division took the initiative to provide some much-needed support to a single mother of four as well as an 81-year-old pensioner and shut-in from the Sparendaam Police Sub-Division.
The 81-year-old is visually impaired an unable to walk.
The Guyana Police Force (GPF) has a team of ranks who would move around in the various communities and identify social problems within the communities, document same, channel the reports to the relevant agencies and authorities and even act on some of those where necessary.
The donations to the mother of four and the 81-year-old women were done after ranks while conducting their team policing activities found the persons in need. The two were identified as Jennifer Jeffery and Carmen Zepherin.
Additionally, as part of the Games Day designed to have police ranks de-stress, ranks in ‘C’ Division also had their games days during last week which saw the circle tennis team from Beterverwagting coming out as the champion and earning station bragging rights and a trophy.
On Saturday, Inspector Shavon Jupiter who supervises the division’s social crime prevention programs lea a team into Mahaica and Mahicony where they interacted with community members and put forward proposals to commence youth groups in the areas.
Speaking on behalf of the Division’s Commander, Inspector Jupiter told the News Room that the initiative to open youth groups in those two areas, form part of the bigger plan by the police force to ensure that as many young people as possible in the division, are gainfully occupied during their spare time.
The youth groups when formed will mirror those in the other communities and target children between the ages of 7 and 17.
Recently the police released its crime stats which stated that crimes are down 27 percent. Commissioner of Police, Seelall Persaud said that he was pleased with the numbers.
The police did not shy away from stating that its work in the various communities and working with young people has contributed to this decrease.