Jul 16, 2011 News
Financial woes of the Mayor and City Council have left the City Constabulary, operating below its strength. According to Andrew Foo, Chief Constable, the constabulary needs 287 personnel but currently has 125.
The limited human resources are further stretched with ranks tasked with securing the council’s 29 locations following the withdrawal of the private security guard service.
Foo noted that the work of the constabulary is challenged with the absence of necessary resources to execute their duties including uniforms, equipment, and vehicle. He, however, assured that despite these inadequacies ranks continue to operate even in plainclothes.
He added that like every other department in the City Council the constabulary is strapped and it is a case of these departments competing for the money, which is a scarce resource.
It was noted that the modernization of Georgetown with the construction of new businesses is also challenging the already constrained constabulary. He stated that constabulary ranks play an integral role in ensuring order in the business area of Georgetown but more focus is placed on the large enforcement bodies.
Recruiting new personnel to meet the demand of a growing City would be welcomed but attracting youths is difficult.
Foo stressed that previously many persons wanted to be employed as a constable but owing to late payments among the other publicized troubles persons do not want to be employees of the constabulary.
The constabulary also has to train its current personnel since experienced officers are leaving.
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