With the current crime situation continuously haunting the Police Force and government, President David Granger wants to see the Police Force work closer with members of the public.
During a Police breakfast event with senior officers on Wednesday, the President emphasized the importance of community support for the work of the Police Force and their role in supporting crime prevention.
He also called on citizens to work with the police, noting the unpredictable nature of certain crimes and the fact that it is impossible for police officers to be every where at the same time. “The police force faces the greatest burden of all on the streets in terms of traffic and most of all, interpersonal violence, which is impossible to predict,” he said.
Mr. Granger told the officers that through the National Security Committee (NSC), which meets on a weekly basis, the Administration ensures that it remains engaged at all times with the Force and added that Government remains committed to the development of a better equipped and more effective GPF over time. “We do not criticise; we sit and discuss how best we can resolve these issues,” he said.
The President also commended the Commissioner of Police, Mr. Seelall Persaud, who, in addition to implementing enforcement measures and advancing the recommendations by the NSC, has embarked on a range of social programmes, in order to reach out to communities to improve relationships with the Force and positively impact the country’s youth.
President Granger explained that crime is not just about career crooks and professional law enforcement officers. It is also about society and the conditions under which people live. In this regard, he said that “the Force has shown that it is responsive to the changes of the society.”
This Christmas breakfast is a traditional year-end activity, which brings together all of the divisional commanders, assistant commissioners, department heads and retired police officers to interact with the Commander-in-Chief and reflect on the year. It also serves to boost morale and build camaraderie in the Force.