Several new Community Policing Groups (CPGs) will soon be established in Regions Five and Six. Administrator of the CPGs, Dennis Pompey made this disclosure during an interview with the Department of Public Information (DPI).“We were able to identify persons who are willing to form groups based on the crime situation in their respective communities. It also helps us to understand what is happening in the various communities,” he explained.Pompey noted that two groups, each from the Corentyne and West Coast of Berbice, have made requests adding that he has already outlined for them the procedures they need to follow in forming the groups. The administrator said that he is optimistic that by next week, the groups in Corentyne should be formed.The outreaches, according to Pompey, are a major plus for the expansion of the CPGs countrywide stating that “it helps us to improve and expand on community policing in the various regions”.Community Policing Groups have, over the years, played an integral role in assisting the Guyana Police Force (GPF) to clamp down on serious crimes. This was credited largely to the continued expansion of the CPGs countrywide.During the rollout of the CPGs 43rd anniversary earlier this year, Pompey stated that “this has helped us uncover intelligence of prime criminal activities such as the carjacking ring that was dismantled on the East Coast and the Soesdyke-Linden Highway, an illegalairstrip in Region Nine, also in Kwakwani we were able to recover stolen equipment such as outboard engines”.Additionally, it was revealed that Guyana’s borders are now strengthened with the establishment of Community Policing Groups (CPGs) in several hinterland regions. Additionally, in 2017, there were just over 5000 patrols carried out by CPGs compared to over 9000 carried out in 2018, a significant increase which has proven to be fruitful.After taking office in 2015, the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change Government had taken away the vehicles from the CPGs and handed them over to the Guyana Police Force. In 2017, realising the importance of CPGs, Ramjattan announced that several of those resources have since been returned to the CPGs.
– demands apology from TrotmanOpposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo has repeated calls for a suspension of the historic Guyana-NorwayOpposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeopartnership until Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman apologises for his damning statements or until an international probe is launched into his allegations against the former People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) Administration.Trotman told the National Assembly during the Budget debate that the previous Government had given away all of the nation’s productive forest and there was basically nothing left.“We were met with an alarming situation where we discovered that 100 per cent or all of our productive forest was allocated by the past Government,” the Minister stated.The PPP/C has since declared that the Minister was lying, stating that he should immediately retract his comments. “They must apologise to the people of Guyana,” the Party had demanded.In fact, PPP/C Chief Whip Gail Teixeira had written to the Norwegian Government expressing the Party’s concerns over Trotman’s wild statements.During a recent press conference at Freedom House, Jagdeo resurrected the issue and once again called on the Norwegians to suspend all payments to Guyana.“Because US$15 million GRIF [Guyana REDD+ Investment Fund] payments is budgeted in this year’s budget, money that APNU (A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change) did not support, they were critical of and they want to spend now,” he stated.The PPP/C had previously explained that about seven million hectares of forest have been allocated for concessions, less than 38 per cent of Guyana’s forest or about 55 per cent of the State forest estate. Of the seven million hectares, about five million hectares were allocated through large concessions. Of those five million hectares, about 2.8 million hectares of large concessions were allocated by PPP/C Government between 1992 and 2015, and about half of the large concessions were issued by the People’s National Congress (PNC) Government before 1992, including the current largest concession for Barama at 1.7 million hectares.In summary, the past Government allocated approximately 15 per cent of Guyana’s forest to large concessions, about the same as the PNC Government. To date, 5.5 million hectares, or close to half the State forest estate, remains unallocated.Meanwhile, the Party said the continued “attacks” on the previous Administration’s management of the forest were becoming worrisome. read more
Human skeletal remains were discovered in a clump of bushes in the compound of an abandoned school at Vryheid Road, Savannah Park in New Amsterdam on Monday morning.Undertakers removing the man’s body found Friday lastThe discovery was made by a contractor who had gone to carry out repair work to the school building, which had not been used since 2015, when the school was moved to another location.Over the past two years, the building was vandalised and the compound taken over by thick vegetation.Several rib bones and parts of limbs seemed to be missing from the skeletal remains. The remains have been taken to a funeral home as investigations continue.Police are also trying to determine the identity of a man, whose body was removed from a clump of bushes along the Matthew Allen Road in New Amsterdam Berbice on Friday last.The body was found behind an abandoned building in the area. At the time of its discovery, the body appeared to have no marks of violence.The police are seeking assistance in identifying the body which is at the Arokium Funeral home at Philadelphia Street in New Amsterdam. (Andrew Carmichael) read more