Police to receive additional training to deal with cybercrime

Georgetown, GINA- June 30, 2016

An Assistant Superintendent and a Sergeant from the Guyana Police Force will benefit from training in cybercrime next month.

The Interpol sponsored training will be conducted in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic from July 10-12, 2016, Crime Chief, Wendell Blanhum, told the Government Information Agency (GINA).

Speaking at Thursday’s post cabinet briefing, Minister of State, Joseph Harmon, said that the cooperation with Interpol is important as Guyana builds the capacity of its public security sector.

“You may have good detectives and so on that looks at… these different types of offences (but there are) other types of offences that are being committed on the internet and in cyber space so this is important training for our policemen,” Harmon explained.

The officers’ cyber-crime training is part of the preparation in the public security sector for tackling cybercrime locally. Harmon noted that only the legislation is outstanding.

There was a stakeholder consultation on the draft Cybercrime Legalisation in March of this year. The legislation will address cyber threats of identity theft, cyber bulling and child pornography among others.   The completed draft is likely to be laid in parliament shortly.