[www.inewsguyana.com] – Representatives of Community Policing Groups (CPGs) across Guyana came together yesterday for a fun day in honour of Minister of Home Affairs Clement Rohee.
The event which was held at the Better Hope Community Centre Ground, East Coast Demerara, saw the Minister being presented with a token of appreciation for the eight years of leadership given to the organisation.
Speaking at the event, National Chairman of the CPGs, Omesh Satyanand noted that the growth of the organisation was a result of the eight years of hard work and commitment by the Minister. He further stated that, “community policing is not only respected for the work it has done across this country, but the leadership and initiative set out by the honourable minister.”
Meanwhile, Minister Rohee thanked the CPGs for the opportunity and for having confidence in his leadership. The Minister on behalf of the Government also thanked the policing community for supporting the policies of the government in respect of public order, safety and security throughout the length and breadth of Guyana.
“Community Policing Organisation stands out as an organisation that has made its contribution, and in this respect, I want to take this opportunity as you congratulate me, for me in turn to congratulate you for the services that you have rendered over these years,” he said.
At present, there are 266 active CPGs across the country with a total membership of 4424. The system of community policing was established in 1976 under the late police commissioner, Henry Fraser with the objective of harnessing the energies of willing members of communities across Guyana, in support of the work of the Police. This mandate was subsequently expanded to include youth development, health consciousness, road safety, environmental enhancement, and other community related activities.
Activities of the day include races, tug-o-war, musical car, beer drinking, domino, football and cricket competitions