Police Force, GCCI to ink agreement against violence, crime in G/town


The Georgetown Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI) on Thursday said it is set to formalise an agreement with the Guyana Police Force (GPF) intended to arrest the crime situation in the capital, Georgetown.

GCCI’s Executive Management Committee met with the newly appointed Commissioner of Police (ag) Clifton Hicken on Wednesday to explore areas of collaboration and strengthen their decades-long partnership.

According to a press release from GCCI, the fruitful engagement led to talks on strategies for crime prevention, the GCCI aiding the GPF in improving service delivery to Guyanese and a potential partnership to tackle gender-based violence, domestic violence, training and awareness, and traffic management.

GCCI expressed its willingness to partner with the GPF on its social crime prevention programme and reminded them that the GCCI has an open door policy as it relates to collaboration with the Force.

It also highlighted the need for effective public relations to counter negative perceptions and improve the image of the GPF.

Deputy Commissioner of Administration (ag.) Calvin Brutus is expected to draft a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the GCCI and GPF, and it will be reviewed by both parties and ratified after its finalisation.

During the meeting, the GCCI said Commissioner Hicken also noted that partnership with all stakeholders, including the corporate sector, is essential in contemporary policing.

He added that it is also critical in bridging the gap between the GPF and members of the public. Finally, Hicken commended the GCCI for its positive contributions and eagerness to support the GPF to achieve a safer Guyana.

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