The U.S. Embassy in Georgetown today announced the extending of the US Government’s financial support for the “Strengthen the Criminal Justice System in Guyana” project.
The US Government’s support for the project started in 2016 and was expected to end this year. However, in its statement this afternoon, the US Embassy said financial support for the project has been extended by two years, until March 2021.
According to the Embassy, the “highly successful” project will continue to build the capacity of the Guyana Police Force (GPF), the Chambers of the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP), and other justice sector entities through training and technical assistance.
The embassy said the project has so far built the Police Force’s forensic video analysis (FVA) capacity and has also provided training and technical assistance in case management, including major crimes, crime scene management, evidence management and chain of custody, and law enforcement supervisory skills.
The Embassy has committed an additional US$850,000 to the project and extended the timeframe to a total of five years.
The total investment in the project will now stand at US$1.7 million.
The Embassy’s release added that the local mission has noted the work of the Government of Guyana to ensure the security of its citizens, counter transnational crime, and increase effective and timely prosecutions, and is pleased to collaborate with Guyana on these efforts.
“By the end of this project, the Embassy intends for Guyana to have a cadre of police officers and justice sector officials who will successfully pursue and complete effective evidence-based prosecutions”, the statement added.
The Justice Education Society (JES) of British Columbia, Canada will continue to implement the project.