With the aim of fostering youth development and a better relationship with the community, members of the Guyana Police Force (GPF) East Coast Demerara, (C) Division in collaboration with residents of Beterverwagting (BV) and Triumph, yesterday launched the ‘Youth and Safe Neighbourhood Project’.
The project was launched at the Beterverwagting Community Center in the presence of residents, community leaders and representatives of the religious organisations.
The BV/ Triumph Youth and Safe Neighbourhood Project is similar to the “Impact Albouystown project,” which was launched by Commissioner of Police Seelall Persaud, earlier this year.
The project, which is intended to enhance safety in the community and surrounding areas through law enforcement and social interventions, will provide youth/leadership development for residents by means of continuous training, lectures, and other types of counseling exercises.
At the launch, Assistant Superintendent of Police, (ASP) Jairam Ramlakhan said that given the success of the Albouystown project, for which the Guyana Police Force has been instrumental, there are plans to launch similar initiative in communities throughout the country.
He noted that the involvement and cooperation of the law enforcement officers, residents and especially those from the business and faith-based communities are integral to the success of the BV/ Triumph Youth and Safe Neighbourhood Project.
Ramlahkan further stated that during the exercise, emphasis will be placed on youth environmental crimes, truancy, vocational skills training and addressing the policing needs of the communities.
Meanwhile, Assistant Commissioner of Police and Divisional Commander, Christopher Griffith explained that the project is based on a recent analysis conducted by the GPF which revealed that youths between 16-30 years old contribute to most of the criminal activities and this is largely owing to a breakdown in family life.
Griffith said that the project is anticipated to foster better relationships between members of the community and officers of the Guyana Police Force.
He outlined several objectives of the project, which include decreasing criminal activities by increased police presence and surveillance in the villages, training and capacity building of young people through interpersonal skill development and life skills training as well as dissuading of youth involvement in illegal activities through sport activities and other capacity building initiatives.
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