Essequibo crime-fighting boosted with 12 new vehicles

-- residents urged to join community policing groups


Crime is a growing concern for some residents along the Essequibo Coast in Region Two (Pomeroon- Supenaam) but the regional police force’s ability to fight crime will be boosted with 12 new vehicles.

Speaking to a gathering of women and youth in Anna Regina, President Dr. Irfaan Ali said that the region’s private sector has agreed to purchase 12 cars that will be used by police officers in the region.

Earlier in September, the Guyana Police Force’s vehicle fleet was significantly boosted with the handing over of 50 new pickups from the government. The News Room understands that two of those vehicles were handed over to officers in Region Two. Therefore, the region will have 14 new vehicles to use for patrols and response.

In addition to these vehicles, the President announced: “We are putting police outposts in some of the communities.”

These outposts, he explained, are part of efforts to keep the communities safe from crime.

As part of the Cabinet outreach, too, residents of Affiance and Columbia were encouraged to volunteer with Community Policing Groups (CPGs) to enhance neighbourhood security.

This charge was made by the Minister within the Office of the Prime Minister with responsibility for Public Affairs Kwame McCoy, and Minister within the Ministry of Local Government and Regional Development Anand Persaud.

At various locations throughout the outreach, the President had encouraged young people to consider joining the police force. He said that the profession is a noble one, and one that young people can use it to springboard into other fields.

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