Having received $120 million last year to assist with the training of Police ranks, the Guyana Police Force is set to receive an additional $140 Million under the 2023 budget to also address the training of Police Officers.
More than 3000 ranks are expected to be exposed to the training efforts, according to the Minister of Finance.
“Mr. Speaker, good policing coupled with professional, well-trained officers is critical to promoting order, safety, and a welcoming environment. To this end, in 2022, over 3,000 ranks were trained in several areas, both locally and regionally, at a sum of $120 million. Further, in 2023, a total of $140 million is allocated towards improving the investigative and forensic capabilities of a further 3,000 security personnel, which will result in heightened public confidence and support of our law enforcement institutions,” the Finance Minister said.
The Government also plans to expand the safe country programme this year with greater focus on Regions Three and Six.
A sum of $2.1 billion was budgeted to develop an electronic identification (eID) system to introduce a single electronic identifier, by which each citizen is assigned a unique national registration number to be used by all public and private sector agencies.
Additionally, the application of forensic crime fighting capabilities is expected to be bolstered with the acquisition of a DNA analysis workflow system which was acquired last year and will be operationalized this year.
The Guyana Police Force is also expected to receive more than $500 million to purchase new vehicles.