Waramadong to form Community Policing Group
– Min. Ramjattan assures of assistance
DPI, Guyana, Thursday, August 1, 2019
Residents of Waramadong, in Region 7, will soon establish a Community Policing Group (CPG). The decision was taken during an interactive meeting between Public Security Minister, Hon. Khemraj Ramjattan and the residents.
The issue of illegal activities in the community was raised by residents. Following discussions, Minister Ramjattan assured that assistance will be provided to the villagers who decided to form the CPG.
Villager Bendrel Thomas noted that the CPG would be able to curtail any negative behaviour that may be attempted by young persons exposed to negative influences. He was supported by another resident Curtis Isaacs who pointed to the fact that while the community is not affected by serious crime there still needs to be regulation of any acts of vandalism among others.
Minister Ramjattan further gave his assurance that within a week, an official will visit the community to organise the group. He also urged young people to get involved and be a part of the policing group.
“We will have to send down the administrator for the community policing group and we will form one… I want you to get some of the young men that you have here and women too that may wish to join the police force,” the minister encouraged.
Earlier this year, at the rollout of activities for the 43rd anniversary of the establishment of CPGs in Guyana, Minister Ramjattan said the country’s borders are now strengthened with the formation of CPGs in the hinterland regions. These include Regions 1, 7, and 9.
In Region 1, there is a total of 189 CPGs with 62 in Region 7 and an additional 15 in Region 9. The Public Security Minister also highlighted that the CPGs have been receiving assistance from international bodies which have proven to be fruitful.