With the construction of a new Brickdam Police station high on the agenda, the Government has allocated a whopping $4.9 Billion to the Guyana Police Force in the 2022 budget.
In his budget speech this afternoon, the Minister of Finance announced that works will commence on a multi-storey building to consolidate the operations of the Brickdam Police Station which was gutted by fire in October last year. $400 million has been allocated for that construction.
Minister Singh also announced that as part of security enhancement, more money will be plugged into the Safe City programme which will see more CCTV cameras being set up across the city and around the country.
“In 2022, $2.5 billion has been allocated to expand the Safe City Programme beyond the boundaries of Georgetown. This investment will see the entire country being connected to CCTV cameras monitored centrally as well as at Regional Command Centres to be established across the country. Moreover, satellite phones and body cameras will be acquired to boost operational efficiency across all Regional Divisions”, Minister Singh said.
The Finance Minister also announced the allocation of $99 million to resuscitate and support Community Policing groups.
He also announced that $120 million has been budgeted in 2022 towards the training of Police ranks while additional ranks will be added to ensure greater coverage across communities.
Dr. Singh said training in the areas of crime and traffic management will continue to be facilitated both locally as well as with international institutions.