Port Kaituma Community Policing Group gets ATV, boat engine

DPI, Guyana, Friday, September 20, 2019

Five neighbourhoods that fall under the Port Kaituma Community Policing Group (CPG) are the beneficiaries of a new Honda all-terrain vehicle (ATV) and a boat engine. This development, which will boost the CPG’s capacity, came as a result of the donation made by the Ministry of Public Security during Friday’s government outreach held in the Fitzburg community ground, Region 1.   

While accepting the engine and ATV keys, head of the Community Policing Group, David Henry in said: “We really want to thank the government for this huge support that we have here today… we [the CPG] will continue working as a team and will do our best to ensure the peace and protection of the old and young in Port Kaituma.”

The equipment was handed over by Administrator of the National Community Policing of Guyana, Sherod Duncan, who clarified that the gesture is a tangible expression of the government’s interest in the development of CPGs nationwide. As such, Duncan encouraged the CPG to ensure the new equipment is used carefully, to the benefit of the residents of Port Kaituma.

Community Policing Groups help to foster a better relationship between the Guyana Police Force (GPF) and the citizens, as part of its constitutional mandate. During March of 2018, 221 CPGs were in operation nationally with 4,304 members.

In last year’s observance of 42 years of CPGs in Guyana, Public Security Minister, Hon. Kemraj Ramjattan lobbied for more citizens to join the community-oriented groups.

“Far more can be done but more can be done by the community people like yourselves and a lot of others becoming involved. What I find happening is that the more educated of the lot within the communities, who understand domestic violence, who understand suicide prevention, who can help in so many social projects and who also have the financing to help plug a better system, need to come forward,” the minister had stated.