Acting Commissioner of Police, Seelall Persaud on Wednesday announced that the Guyana Police Force has appointed an official Chaplain for the Force.
Speaking at the Force’s Annual Award Ceremony at Police Headquarters, Eve Leary, Commissioner Persaud said the Police Force Chaplain will not only deal with ceremonies, but will also coordinate among the Faith Based organisations and experts in the Guyana Police Force to provide counseling to “our frontline ranks who would have encountered a traumatic experience”.
Additionally, the Top Cop announced that the Force is also working on a liaison project that would cater for victims of serious crimes.
“The objective is to have counselors from the Guyana Police Force and the Faith Based Organisations provide counseling for victims and relatives of victims of serious crimes and act as a liaison between Police investigators and victims where they will provide feedback on the investigation”, Mr. Persaud said.
He noted that in order to effectively manage those activities, the Force will also introduce a Community Relations Branch.
The Commissioner told those gathered that “in the Strategic Priority Area of Performance we are soon to establish Divisional Based Management Information Units that will use information from the ICIS and other sources and provide analysis to Divisional Commanders on projects those Commanders have undertaken in order to achieve the most effective results.”
The growing number of serious crimes continue to be a major concern for the Guyana Police Force. The Commissioner said the force has seen a 9% increase in murder for this year when compared to the same period in 2013. Additionally, the Guyana Police Force has also seen a 25% increase in gun related robberies.
The Commissioner said a number of community based programmes will be implemented to tackle the growing crime problem.