Strengthening our community ties

— G Division conducts several community projects

— Commander promises more activities of similar nature

By Ganesh Mahipaul

DPI, Guyana, Sunday, July 21, 2019

The Guyana Police Force (GPF) is celebrating its 180th anniversary and outside of the major activities held in Georgetown to mark this achievement, various Divisional Headquarters are also engaged in activities across the country.

In Region 2 on the Essequibo Coast, the ‘G’ Division has undertaken a series of community enhancement projects which will be sustained as the force continues to strengthen its community relations.

On July 8, recruits from the Richard Faikall Police College embarked on a clean-up exercise in and around the Public Hospital Suddie area. The clean-up was headed by Sergeant Mc Calmont and saw 30 recruits cleaning drains, sweeping yards, collecting trash and planting trees. The beautification of the environment has been commended by patients at the hospital and pedestrians that traverse the area.

In addition to the clean-up exercise, the division also donated hampers to senior citizens within the Aurora Station District. The hamper distribution was led by Assistant Superintendent G. Thomas.

77-year-old Jem Mageral from Supenaam commended the police officers noting that it is a step in the right direction. Similar sentiments were expressed by other recipients – Odette Peters from Aurora, Shaheeda Khan from Spring Garden and Albert Rodrigues from Good Hope.

As recent as Saturday, July 20, the division facilitated a Traffic Awareness Walk under the theme, “Don’t Drink and Drive – Stay Alive”, which began at Three Friends and ended at the Anna Regina Police Station. Participants included members of the Scout Association, youth groups, and staff from the Ministry of Social Protection including police ranks.

According to Divisional Commander, Senior Superintendent Khalil Pareshram, “Since we have embarked on this initiative of strengthening our relationship with the public under our Commissioner Leslie James, I must say that our division is doing way better and there has been a reduction in police to civilian confrontations.”

The commander further noted that the level of cooperation the force has received from other state agencies is remarkable. He said, “the Regional Administration and sub-offices of all the ministries within the region are giving us their fullest cooperation and we do appreciate it.”

Other activities that will be held during this period of celebration include a spelling B competition, Games day for youths, an evening of music featuring the police steel orchestra, scout walk and church service.

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