Crime-fighting in Guyana is about to move to the next level technologically, with the establishment of a Cyber Security Centre, the first of its kind in the country.
This will be done tomorrow by the Zara group, a US-based organization, in collaboration with the Guyana Police Force (GPF), with the aim of teaching the police, business community and the public how to combat cyber crime and the important aspects of cyber security.
In a statement, the US-based organization said that it has embarked on a mission to assist Guyanese from all walks of life to be well-equipped for the booming information technology sector.
Persons from Essequibo, Berbice and Georgetown have benefited from free information technology courses, including programmes on computer repair.
In 2013, the Zara group established a computer centre at the Richard Faikall Training College at Suddie which caters for the need of ranks in “G” division and residents.
With the use of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), the Richard Faikall Training College is bridging the gap of a community/ police partnership.
With only 36 computers available in villages including Suddie, Charity and Mainstay, 1,205 persons were able to receive their certificate upon being trained in the various areas of ICT.
IT Consultant and Member of Zara Group, Nardeo Singh on his recent visit to the college pointed out that Essequibo has the potential to incorporate traditional methods such as agriculture with the use of ICT.
“Keep working towards a goal….more private/public partnership is needed to tap into the potential in Essequibo,” he said.
According to the IT consultant, the centre is not just qualifying the public and the GPF but recreating and reviving a community/policing relationship. He and his team will be looking at the unemployment problem in Guyana which they believe can be addressed with the establishment of a call centre and empowering women in ICT.
Superintendent Bharat Persaud, who was a part of the initial stage of the establishment of the centre at the Police Training School four years ago, said that it is evident that persons were in need of computer training.
“We had a student who was eighty-seven years old who completed a programme,” Persaud pointed out.
Kaieteur News understands that the computer classes which were being done in collaboration with the police have made some communities a more relaxed place where it is easy for civilians and police ranks to communicate.
The Zara group was established about 30 years ago by a Guyanese family residing in the US, and is involved in real estate business. The organization has since collaborated with several institutes including the Central Islamic Organization and the GPF as a mean of giving back to the country.
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