The Guyana Police Force is accrediting its improved capacity to solve crime to continuous training offered by their overseas –based counterparts.
According to Police Commissioner (Ag), David Ramnarine, ranks from various levels of the Guyana Police Force have engaged in training offered by the Justice Education Society Programme, a Canadian Anti-Crime Capacity Building Programme.
He noted that the training has helped to improve the Force’s capacity as it relates to crime scene investigations.
Ramnarine disclosed that ranks of the Criminal Investigation Department, (CID), are now more equipped in their investigative skills.
He explained that the ranks have been exposed to new interviewing techniques, note taking, forensic analysis, intelligence gathering and overall crime scene investigation methodology which has been instrumental in their crime solving efforts
The Police Commissioner said that ranks have been exposed to at least 50 training programmes offered globally.
He specified that within the last ten months officers were afforded the opportunity to travel abroad to engage in programmes to sharpen their investigative skills.
Ranks of the Guyana Police Force have been undergoing training under the Canada-funded project “Strengthening the Guyanese Criminal Justice System”.
The Government of Canada, through its Anti-Crime Capacity Building Programme (ACCBP), is providing funds to the Canadian NGO, the Justice Education Society (JES), to implement this project over a two-year period to the tune of C’dn$750,000 ($106 million).
This is Canada’s largest bilateral project with Guyana. The goal of the JES project is to develop the technical capacity of the police, police prosecutors, state prosecutors and magistrates to collect, analyse and present forensic evidence as a means of decreasing impunity rates.
The JES team has been visiting Guyana since September 2015 and has commenced training activities within the Guyana Police Force on Major Case Management, Forensic Video Analysis and Crime Scene Management.
JES is a Canadian non–profit organization with an impressive record of improving the effectiveness of justice systems in Canada and around the world.
The JES programme in Central America has resulted in increased efficiency of criminal investigations, greater collaboration between institutions and reduced impunity rates.
For example, in Guatemala, between 2009 and 2013, the conviction rate for violent crimes increased from five to 29 percent.
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