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Size of police force inadequate, to be augmented

- President tells officers' conference

SN  Jan 30,2020

President David Granger inspecting the guard of honour this morning. [Ministry of the Presidency photo)
President David Granger inspecting the guard of honour this morning. (Ministry of the Presidency photo)

President David Granger this morning told the Annual Police Officers’ Conference 2020 that there has been significant recapitalising of the force but that its current personnel strength is inadequate.

 

An excerpt from the President’s address at State House follows:

Recapitalization:

The Force is being recapitalized, including with support from friendly states. The Force’s transportation fleet since 2015 has been increased with the addition of 338 new vehicles – motor cars, motor buses, motor cycles, motor pick-ups, mini-buses and all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) and other specialised utility vehicles. Thirty-four boats, engines and other riverine craft were added to the Marine Branch over the past five years to enhance its marine capability.

 

The use of body cameras by ranks, piloted in Division 4 ‘A’, is now being extended to other Divisions. The nine eleven (911) system was revamped to improve timely responsiveness to reports of crime.

Your Government has provided greater resources to help the Force’s crime-fighting capabilities. Expenditure (current and capital) increased by 85 per cent from G$7.5B in 2014 to G$13.9 B in 2019. The Government has provided for G$56.5B of the Force’s expenditure over the past five years.

Personnel:

The Force’s personnel strength of about 4,600 is inadequate and will be augmented during the ‘Decade of Development’. Our country’s 215,00km² makes it larger in extent than England and Scotland combined and with 3,000 km of borders and 460 km of sea coast, the Force is challenged to enforce the law effectively everywhere. The Force has begun to overcome these constraints.

 

The Force’s personnel have increased by 37.6 percent from 3,610 in 2014 to 4, 956 at as December 2019. It is now being supported by a 1,990 member Constabulary.

Policemen and policewomen are now enjoying improved wages and salaries. The average pay of a constable has increased from G$55,889 in 2014 to G$88,237 in 2019.

The Force must be brought to strength. Trained police officers must be deployed away from non-core functions such as immigration, certification of vehicular fitness and issuance of gun licenses. These non-core functions must be outsourced so as ensure that more trained ranks are deployed to crime-fighting duties.

The Force must groom a more versatile officer corp. The police officer of the future must be equipped with a wide range of skills and competencies. He or she must be able to operate in different environments and be capable of working and living on the coastland or in the hinterland.

 

Vigorous efforts are being made to improve relations between the Force and communities. The Citizen Security Strengthening Programme funded the establishment of twenty Community Action Councils to assist with crime-fighting, including supporting the training of community members to better address domestic violence and to promote good parenting practices and neighbourhood watch schemes. Team Policing was introduced, in 2017, to improve police- community relations.

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Baseman posted:

Django, please suspend Vishnu_Fake_Coolie_Mahabir for concocting a fake headline and creating racial hatred!

Haul your arse...what fake headline?

Racial hatred?? 

The only racial hatred is by dem people who say PPP is a "coolie" party.

You got issues? Tek it to the ERC

 

Its today's SN:

Size of police force inadequate, to be augmented

- President tells officers' conference

SN  Jan 30,2020

Bibi Haniffa posted:

Why didn’t Django suspend the poster of this thread for completely misrepresenting the article and race baiting?

Lips...you and your chela, Sean/Yuji, need to rest yourselves...

As per the rules here...the complete source for the article is provided with the post...

You pizzed because I am interpreting the article? 

Where is the race bait? You knuckleheads always complaining about the police and army...stop complaining and join.

Bibi Haniffa posted:

Why didn’t Django suspend the poster of this thread for completely misrepresenting the article and race baiting?

That is nonsense coming from you and others in earlier posts and here is why.

Vish did not throw in his own words at the beginning in between nor at the end as seen here by a couple posters. I read that heading and knew it is not the heading of an article. Now, Take a look at the thread "Oil money cash transfers for schoolchildren-Granger- ( here is the addition that is not in the original heading) - "PPP did the same."

Now, lets hear, should that be removed? Why didn't the person starting the thread also mention WPA introducin the idea two years ago? Race baiting anyone?

Dam, I should be a lawyer.

 

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Ray posted:

Vish is calling on Indos to join the Police Force

He is using the article to show the opportunity exists

You are incorrect Ray. It is his take on what opportunities will exist. That should be after posting the article and then making the statement. Let us be clear. If I am incorrect, post the correct process so that in future, ALL posters will observe, with failure to do so resulting in the thread being deleted.

VishMahabir posted:
Bibi Haniffa posted:

Why didn’t Django suspend the poster of this thread for completely misrepresenting the article and race baiting?

Lips...you and your chela, Sean/Yuji, need to rest yourselves...

As per the rules here...the complete source for the article is provided with the post...

You pizzed because I am interpreting the article? 

Where is the race bait? You knuckleheads always complaining about the police and army...stop complaining and join.

The race bait ,as you put it. is when you mentioned ‘coolies” in your heading. Had you wanted to remain bias free in the area of ethnicity. No mention of a particular ethnic group should be used. Shoot have mentioned ‘all Guyanese ‘.

Smart enough to go to University, so you should know this.

cain posted:
Bibi Haniffa posted:

Why didn’t Django suspend the poster of this thread for completely misrepresenting the article and race baiting?

That is nonsense coming from you and others in earlier posts and here is why.

Vish did not throw in his own words at the beginning in between nor at the end as seen here by a couple posters. I read that heading and knew it is not the heading of an article. Now, Take a look at the thread "Oil money cash transfers for schoolchildren-Granger- ( here is the addition that is not in the original heading) - "PPP did the same."

Now, lets hear, should that be removed? Why didn't the person starting the thread also mention WPA introducin the idea two years ago? Race baiting anyone?

Dam, I should be a lawyer.

 

Finally, there is something we can agree on. We really need to clarify what the rules are and CONSISTENTLY apply it. Never let enforcing the rules because of personal considerations and conditions, etc.

Ray posted:

Zed...go rock quietly in yuh hammock

Regardless of any differences we might have had, I respect you and your suggestion so I am taking my ipad out on the veranda to lie in my hammock, enjoy the nice sea breeze and the warm weather.   Had coconut water and fried breadfruit from my trees for lunch.