– Do not be dissuaded by judicial deficiencies, says Rohee
Home Affairs Minister Clement Rohee has expressed disappointment at the rate of “too many” adjournments in the local courts, but is encouraging community policing groups (CPGs) to not be dissuaded by judicial deficiencies which allow arrested criminals to be out on bail and commit repeated offences.
He made this statement while handing over the keys of a pick-up truck valued $4.1M to the Enmore/ Foulis Community Policing Group on Friday last.
Aware that CPGs often arrest and hand over criminals to the police for prosecution only to have them pass through the courts where “too many cases are adjourned” the minister said “We are not getting enough convictions in our local courts and because of constant adjournment we have witnesses not appearing and cases are eventually dismissed.”
This, he added, is further augmented by cases not being tried within a reasonable time resulting in many criminals being granted bail, and they in turn repeat criminality.
A community policing group’s actions, it was noted,would be deemed ineffective when persons arrested in the local communities pass through the courts and cases are adjourned.
Nonetheless he commended CPGs nationwide for their “very worthwhile contribution” and encouraged them to be steadfast in their efforts of supporting the Guyana Police Force to ensure that citizen security is foremost in their minds.
Meanwhile policing the Enmore/Foulis, East Coast Demerara environs may have been made easier says Mohamood Shaw, chairman of the concerned citizens of Enmore/Foulis, East Coast Demerara Community policing group as he collected the keys to the vehicle.
All told, for the year, seven vehicles have been handed over to policing groups to assist in the fight against crime in local communities; two to Bartica and four to a collective of CPGs operating between Ogle and Vigilance on the East Coast.
Shaw sees the acquisition of the vehicle as a boost to his group’s ability to execute more effective and efficient policing in his community and pledged that it will be cared.
“We have other means that we used to use before, but now we have this, so things will be better,” he said.
The Enmore/Foulis area has one of the largest numbers of inhabitants on the coast. Minister Rohee said the group is one of the more effective operations that contribute to making communities safer in Guyana.
Community policing groups nationwide are making very worthwhile contributions and should be recognised as such.
“This vehicle will help to improve their abilities to execute their lawful duties as the community policing group in that area,” said Minister Rohee.
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