Police Force is greatest asset in building ‘One Guyana’- President Ali

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President Dr. Irfaan Ali told high-level ranks of the Guyana Police Force (GPF) that they are integral to the development of the Government’s ‘One Guyana’ policy.

The Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces outlined the importance of the Police Force in nation-building. He said this while delivering remarks at the GPF’s annual Christmas Breakfast at the Police Officers’ Mess in Eve Leary, Georgetown on Wednesday.

“You are my greatest asset and ally in building this ‘One Guyana’. And we will do it. I want to assure all of you that it will come and it will come very soon,” President Ali told the law enforcement officers.

He described them as having attitudes and value systems that are patriotic and nationalistic. The President said that eventually the people of Guyana will triumph above all obstacles and barriers and will join together as ‘One Guyana’- “where all of our people will be the brothers and sisters of each other and move forward in harmony”.

He also reaffirmed the PPP Government’s commitment to not only equip the GPF with the necessary tools and infrastructure to effectively fight crime but also to provide opportunities for ranks to improve their personal lives and by extension, the country.

President Ali explained that the Joint Services will continue to lead by example.  He also said that the Guyana Defence Force (GDF) will embark on a national enhancement programme to improve the medians across the country to enhance Guyana’s overall standards. 

He added, “As Commander-in-Chief, I will be leading an effort with the army and we are going to include the Police Force in going out there and lead by example in the cleaning of this city to make it a point that the city and the cleanliness of our environment…it is not a political matter. It is a matter that defines us as a people, that defines us as who we are.”

Officers stationed on Main Street, Georgetown for the Christmas light-up were praised by the President for their “excellent policing”.  According to him, the environment there is encouraging and allows them to execute their duties with pride and respect.

Moreover, President Ali noted the importance of the GPF understanding the development thrust of the Government.  This, he added, will ensure that the Police Force formulates strategies in line with the country’s projected growth and execute its work with more efficiency and effectiveness. 

To this end, he said that the Government will support the GPF through technological development. 

Moreover, President Ali said that the new highway from Mandela Avenue, Georgetown to Diamond, East Bank Demerara will have certain technological features, including speeding cameras that will be incorporated into the infrastructure to assist the lawmen.

Additionally, the Head of State promised that the Government would continue to equip the GPF with the necessary vehicles to execute their duties. 

He said that building on the Government’s supply of 50 new vehicles, 65 bikes, and other assets to the Police Force, a supplementary provision has been set aside for 50 more vehicles. A commitment was also given to replace the engines on more than 20 vehicles, which are out of service.

“There are some areas that we have to tweak. And we have to be bold in our decision-making. We have to take a strategic look at our organisational structure or operational structure and come up with the best-suited model for a modern Guyana. That is why you are seeing legislative changes. We’re looking at a national drone programme,” the President said.

The President also said that drones have already been deployed in the Force’s crime-fighting strategies in Georgetown and there are also plans to utilise them on the country’s waterways as the first line of defence.

In addition to boosting the capacity of the Force, the welfare of its officers, as it relates to working conditions and salaries, will continue to be addressed.

“We know that whilst you give your best, and those under your command give their best that you also have to ensure that you give your best to your families.”

According to him, this is why education is one of the most important pillars of the Government. 

President Ali said, too, that he has spoken to the Top Cop so that every branch or divisional commander can be sponsored by the Government to pursue their educational goals in a degree programme. 

The President said that those ranks who already have their undergraduate degrees will be enrolled in a master’s programme for defence studies.

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