By Leroy Smith
[www.inewsguyana.com] – Commissioner of Police, Seelall Persaud says that violence and illegal activities in the community of Albouystown have significantly reduced since the implementation of the Police Impact Project.
Responding to questions from the media yesterday [Friday, August 22], Persaud said that residents are no longer a bother to neighbouring communities, as was the case previously.
It was also noted that crime in the community has dropped by nine percent and many of the young people who were never gainfully occupied are enrolled in several of the police initiatives within the community.
But even as the Commissioner of Police pointed to those cases, he was quick to inform that it is still quite too early for an overall and general assessment of the impact the project has on the community.
Persaud also mentioned the many facilities that the police are either constructing or upgrading so that children in various communities can be better occupied during their spare time. He spoke specifically to sporting facilities in Albouystown, Agricola and the skill training complex in Rosemary Lane [Tiger Bay].
He also pointed out the many professionals who have undertaken to sponsor children and their school needs in its entirety.
When asked about the very troubling area of Sophia, the Top Cop said that the community has not been off the police radar but pointed out that several issues and areas have to be addresses logistically before the police can move into the area with similar programs.