Minister Norton calls on Police to use sport to build relationships with communities

DPI, Guyana, Friday, July 27, 2018

Officers of the Guyana Police Force (GPF) were today urged to use sport as a way of building relationships with members of the communities which they serve. This call was made by Minister of Social Cohesion, Dr. George Norton at the opening of the GPF’s 63rd annual swimming and athletic championship finals.

The event was held at the Police Sports Club Ground, Eve Leary under the theme “Fostering unity and partnership with the police and public through sports.”

Minister Norton reminded the officers that as law enforcement officials, sport can go a far way in strengthening their role in the Guyanese society. Sport, he said, is an effective tool that can be used to build trust with members of society that have a responsibility to serve and protect.

“Your involvement and promotion of sports at the community level can have a positive influence on our young men and women who have fallen prey to social ills. This paves the way for life-changing mentorship. More importantly, sports help to foster the holistic development of any individual.”

Additionally, the minister asked that the sporting activity to not be a one-off event and urged that the officers continue to use it for positive changes.

The GPF’s 63rd annual swimming and athletic championship finals culminate their 179th-anniversary celebration activities.

By: Isaiah Braithwaite

Images: Giovanni Gajie

 

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