Presence of foreigners at crime scene investigations part of overall training for GPF ranks

GINA, GUYANA, Thursday, November 10, 2016

Minister of State, Joseph Harmon, at a post-Cabinet briefing today, at the Ministry of the Presidency, in response to a question posed about the presence of foreigners during crime scene investigations, said that training is actively ongoing with police officers both locally and internationally.

Minister of State, Joseph Harmon addressing media operatives at the post-Cabinet briefing, November 10, 2016

Minister of State, Joseph Harmon addressing media operatives at the post-Cabinet briefing, November 10, 2016

One such initiative is the Security Sector Reform Programme (SSRP) which seeks to develop the sector as part of government’s effort to confront widespread crime, Minister Harmon told media operatives.

“The frame work of the programme is ongoing, which plans to look at the security sector in particular, the way we do policing, how we are addressing crime in this country in a very systematic way.  We have to look at how the sector is dealt with, we have to look at best practices, and from time to time, we will get assistance from friendly countries in assisting us in these matters,” Minister Harmon explained.

This programme, he said, is a collaborative effort with the British. The previous administration had suspended the project however, in March, the programme was re-introduced by this government.

Minister of Public Security,

in an interview with the Government Information Agency (GINA) said, “The Security Sector Reform Action Plan is welcomed by the Government. We would really love to have that kind of support from the British, and we know that we are getting support from others, such as the Americans, the European Union, and Canada through the Justice Education Society- training our police men and women…”

US$550M has been allocated by the British Government to assist eight Commonwealth Caribbean states in developmental works, of which the Security Sector Reform Action Plan is part.

 

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