Strathspey CPG to be resuscitated – AG Nandlall

-expresses sympathy to family of slain youth

Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs, Anil Nandlall S.C. M.P, said efforts will be made to resuscitate the Community Policing Group (CPG) in Strathspey, East Coast Demerara.

The AG made the commitment when he visited the family of slain youth Chris Persaud, who was killed on Friday, during a robbery at his family’s business.

Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs Senior Counsel MP consoles the father Radesh Persaud of slain youth, Chris Persaud

The Attorney General expressed his condolences to the family. It was then that it was brought to his attention that the CPG which served the community, was dismantled by the previous administration.

“Perhaps this may not have happened if persons knew that there was vibrant, active policing group in this area that had access to guns. I am not saying that it could have been prevented, but it could have been a deterrent.”

The minister said the resuscitation of the CPGs was a manifesto promise of the PPP/C Administration. He said CPGs had played an integral role in curbing crimes in communities countrywide, under the PPP/C tenures.

“We have to begin to resuscitate the community policing group and to equip it so that it can continue to offer some type of protection to the citizenry of our country.”

Sasenarine Sukram a former member of the CPG welcomed the intervention by the Attorney General to get the group up and running again.

“The Policing Group helps a lot. We do not have thief. Anywhere people call on us, we are there, all in Lusignan, we are there. When the police call on us, we are there, we do not lapse with that at all,” Sukram said.

The move was also welcomed by the father and brother of the slain youth.

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