[www.inewsguyana.com] – Community Policing Groups (CPGs) yesterday began training in communication at which event the participants were made aware of how it could be done effectively.
Minister of Home Affairs Clement Rohee emphasized that communication is important where people see the system is wrong. He pointed out that earlier in the day, at the event which began Prison Service Week, he was told by prisoners that the system is wrong.
It was for this reason he pointed out the importance of communication, which should be done carefully, and skillfully and tolerance exercised.
Minister Rohee explained that there was a need to communicate to prisoners how the system works and their role in it.
“Communication is extremely important in every facet of life,” the Minister stated,. This was especially so in the areas of law enforcement, the justice system and community policing. He pointed out that being agents of the community working in the community, members of CPGs had the important role of communicating messages to the people of their communities.
He emphasised that this was especially so regarding activities organised by CPGs which provide the means of communicating with members of the community. The messages passed on during these events would provide information to them which is needed, while at the same time answering their questions.
“That is why the personal touch is important…personally communicating something by way of conversation…is much more powerful…” the Minister declared. Observing that the word ‘Police’ provides a ‘hard’ image, he added that there are other parts of the organisation which should be highlighted. “The whole idea is to make the ranks of Community Policing grow…” he said, adding that communication would help in this regard.
Kwame McCoy, Head of the Press and Publicity Unit of the Office of the President was the facilitator of the training workshop. McCoy explained the need for and ways of communicating to others who need information.
[Extracted and modified from GINA]