By Fareeza Haniff
[www.inewsguyana.com] – The Ministry of Public Security has been allocated a total of $12 billion to strengthen and improve national security services in the country.
Minister of Finance, Winton Jordan in his 2015 budget presentation, described the crime situation as the “most pressing and most depressing problem facing our nation today.”
He told the National Assembly on Monday, August 10 that the former PPP/C administration failed to arrest banditry, piracy and criminal violence, among other crimes.
As such, the APNU+AFC government plans to implement the recommendations of the Disciplined Forces Commission and seek help from friendly nations and international crime fighting agencies.
“It is our firm belief that we need radical action to reform our criminal justice system. We need a police force that is more accountable to the public and better able to deal with crime and anti-social behaviour that is anathema to the good life,” the Finance Minister noted.
The country has been faced with a spike in crime in recent months, with a number of murders and armed robberies being more prominent. The situation has forced the administration to increase police presence across the nation.
Additionally, the government is fine-tuning a comprehensive Public Security Plan, in which emphasis is to be placed on combating crime; regaining trust of the police force; improving police investigative capabilities by rebuilding an efficient and effective criminal intelligence system and the Criminal Investigation Department; improving recruitment standards and training by revitalizing the Cadetship Scheme; counteracting human, drugs and arms trafficking; and acquiring vehicles and equipment for modern policing to fight banditry, piracy, terrorism and other violent crimes.
A total of $11.9B will be expended to support the operations of the Guyana Police Force, the Guyana Prison Service, Guyana Fire Service, and the Customs Anti-Narcotics Unit (CANU) and $9.1B is budgeted for the Guyana Defence Force.
Citizens Security Programme
Under this initiative, Jordan noted that the government will commence the implementation of several activities to support the security sector, including implementing evidence-based interventions associated with interpersonal violence, such as parenting, gender values and norms and conflict resolution.
He noted that support will also target strengthening the Guyana Police Force’s Crime Prevention and Investigative capabilities through forensic and criminal investigative techniques and training and through the application of information technology methodologies in crime detection and inter-agency co-ordination.
According to Jordan, the government will establish a command centre to enhance crime response capabilities, resuscitation of CCTV feeds within the Georgetown to Timehri environs and improvement in 911 services countrywide.
As it relates to the decentralization of the application and issuance of passports, a sum of $9.7 million has been budgeted for the acquisition of specialised equipment for the production of machine readable passports.