Police Officers’ conference hailed as a success

Guyana Chronicle
April 29, 2003

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THE development of better strategies to deal with the increase in violent crimes and the new phenomenon of kidnapping, were among a number of decisions made at the Annual Officers’ Conference of the Guyana Police Force (GPF).

The three-day Conference, which began on Thursday last at the Police Officers Mess Annexe, Eve Leary, had as its theme, `Staying Together in the Fight Against Crime’. Ninety-eight Police Officers attended the event, which was described as successful by the Police.

Other important points of discussion included: counselling and medical assistance for ranks; continuation of financial and other assistance for dependent relatives; better equipped patrol vehicles; improved communication at stations; security of crime scenes; strengthening the relationship between the Force Administration and the Police Complaints Authority, and insurance coverage for members of the Force, a release stated.

The Conference also adopted the addresses made at the opening ceremony on Thursday, April 24, by President Bharrat Jagdeo, Minister of Home Affairs, Ronald Gajraj and Commissioner of Police, Floyd Mc Donald.

President Jagdeo in his presentation had noted the invaluable contributions of the Force in ensuring peace and stability in the society. He had also lauded the Force for maintaining its professionalism and integrity under the most challenging circumstances.

The Commissioner, in his speech had highlighted the need for more support for the Police Force in the face of violent crimes; the need for the Force and stakeholders to continue partnership in the fight against crime; the deliberate targeting of Policemen; the escalation in the use of illegal forearms; the development of a plan of action to counter kidnapping; concerted efforts to counter attempts to demoralise ranks of the Force; irresponsible reporting by the media; the implementation of stronger measures to deal with the safe haven for bandits on the East Coast; welfare and conditions of service of members of the Force; intensification of training at all levels and existing vacancies in the Force and the need for them to be filled urgently.

According to the release, 11 officers were also honoured during the traditional Mess Dinner, which brought the curtains down on the three-day event.

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