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Monday, April 03, 2006
Police Force to employ 'Crime Stoppers' programme

Royal Canadian Mounted Police representative to arrive shortly

THE HOME Affairs Ministry is to receive a significant boost in its efforts to tackle crime with the coming within two weeks of a Royal Canadian Mounted Police representative to advise on the setting up of a ‘Crime Stoppers’ programme.

This was revealed Saturday by Minister of Home Affairs Gail Teixeira during her address at the annual general meeting of Divisions ‘E’ and ‘F’ community policing group executives at the LINMINE Constabulary Recreation Hall, Linden, Region 10 (Upper Demerara/ Upper Berbice).

The Home Affairs Minister said programmes such as the Crime Stoppers initiative is part of a series of activities being undertaken by the Ministry to boost the capabilities of the criminal justice system.

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police launched its Crime Stoppers programme in the eighties, and it has proven successful.

As for other crime fighting initiatives, Minister Teixeira also referred to the establishment of the National Commission on Law and Order which is directly answerable to Head of State, President Bharrat Jagdeo, and government’s National Drug Strategy Master Plan launched in June last year.

The programme entails the establishment of a 1-800 toll free number which persons can use to anonymously report information regarding criminal activities.

The callers’ identity will remain unknown and depending on the level of action taken by the police and the judiciary, a reward will be given. This will be transferred to a bank account number provided by the person who supplied the information.

Speaking to members of the community policing groups throughout the division, the Minister said, “The security of our borders is becoming more of an issue, as a significant percent of arms and illicit drugs pass through these areas.”

She noted that the recent attacks on mining camps in Region Seven are testimony to this.

Commander of Divisions E and F Krishna Lakeraj indicated that community involvement remains an integral part of law enforcement.

“The police cannot tackle crime alone…we need a network of collaboration and understanding between the Guyana Police Force and the public if efforts to tackle crime are to be successful.”

Minister Teixeira said that the Ministry’s budgetary allocation will enable the procurement of additional equipment necessary to bolster the GPF and community policing groups.

“We are looking at the procurement of more All Terrain Vehicles (ATVs), boats and outboard engines to patrol our borders,” she explained.

The Minister told the gathering that the concept of the Neighbourhood Police which has been launched in Divisions ‘G’ and ‘B’ will accommodate persons who wish to participate in crime fighting but are not inclined to leave their communities.

The Minister’s visit to Linden is part of a series of activities undertaken over the last several weeks to boost the morale and capabilities of community policing groups countywide.(GINA)

Guyana Chronicle