As the Guyana Police Force continues to work to engender closer camaraderie with communities in executing its duties, the C Division authorities are playing their part in this respect as well.
Yesterday at another Police Outreach exercise at the Golden Grove Nursery School on the East Coast of Demerara, Divisional Commander, Balram Persaud, promised a much improved working relationship between the two groups in tackling crime and security issues. He said that all parties are dependent on each other to effectively function as a unit. To this end, he urged those present and the community at large to play a greater role in the management of these communities. Persaud said that he is aware of certain apprehensions that linger among residents in dealing with the police, but urged that this be changed for the greater good of the citizenry.
He said that he will be the first to admit that there are ranks who bring the good name of the Force into disrepute, but for the greater part he is delighted to be surrounded by a core of hard working and decent police ranks.
The Commander said that he recognised that the issue dominating the communities across the Division has to do with delinquent youths who find themselves involved in unfavourable and unlawful activities. Persaud endorsed an attendee’s request for the police and the communities to formulate programmes geared at giving youths positive alternatives to deviant behaviours.
He announced that shortly, there will be a team visiting schools in the area to start programmes and youth groups that will be tailored, among other things, in getting youths to learn life skills. Additionally, there will be the resuscitation of Scout movements across the communities. Persaud said that it is disheartening to see young people being swallowed up by drug dealers who continue to feed these illicit substances to this vulnerable group.
The Commander warned that his Division will continue to pursue such activity actively, and those who are found culpable will face the full force of the law.
Residents also used the opportunity to raise a number of burning issues within the Division. One resident said that noise nuisance continues to be a sore point and urged the police to be more proactive in addressing this issue. He said that many times uncaring residents play music at early hours much to the annoyance and discomfort of others. To this, Commander Persaud said that there is a zero tolerance policy and persons found in breach of such will be prosecuted.
One resident called on the police to enforce the use of bus stops within the Division. She said that road users continue to stand at points that are not designated bus stops and this poses a traffic hazard and also humbugs the smooth flow of traffic. Residents also complained about the popular mini buses that continue to use the road as if it is their own. The police said that they will be upping the ante on these errant drivers with an increased presence of traffic ranks on the roadways. Commander Persaud said that speeding continues to be a problem within the district and stringent measures are afoot to arrest this. He said that he hopes that when the action is taken, the same residents do not jump on the bandwagon and cry police harassment.
However, Persaud said that the aim is to work with the communities and not be seen as a force that is only interested in incarcerating persons.
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