Pennsylvania State Police form partnership with Guyana Police Force

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Charge Hunt with Guyana Force Training Officer Willams and PA State Police Officer Patrick Zirpoli
Charge Hunt with Guyana Force Training Officer Willams and PA State Police Officer Patrick Zirpoli

[www.inewsguyana.com] – Training officers from the Pennsylvania State Police in the United States delivered a symposium to 34 members of the Guyana Police Force recently at the Force’s Training Centre.

According to a press release from the US Embassy in Georgetown, topics covered in this program included an overview of criminal investigation procedures and evidence collection.

It also explored causes of domestic violence and child sexual assault, and how to handle cases of this nature.

In remarks at the closing ceremony, U.S. Embassy Chargé d’Affaires Bryan Hunt stated that, “Over the years, the United States has developed close partnerships with Guyanese law enforcement and today’s event represents another example of the commitment we share.   It is also the beginning of what we hope will be a long and productive relationship between the Pennsylvania State and Guyanese police forces that will result in the increased safety and security of the people of Guyana.”

It was noted that the course is another law enforcement training component carried out under the auspices of the Caribbean Basin Security Initiative (CBSI).

Through CBSI, the United States of America is partnering with Caribbean governments to strengthen capacity and provide practical skills to relevant security officials working in the criminal justice sector, specifically in the critically important area of law enforcement capacity building.

Other activities under CBSI include the donation of three Metal Shark boats to the Guyana Defense Force, the integrated biometrics fingerprint system known as AFIS, and numerous training programs in air and port security.

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