Seven arrested, firearm seized during Police ‘Impact Albouystown’ Project

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Police foot patrol in the Albouystown Community. [Kaieteur News' Photo]
Police foot patrol in the Albouystown Community. [Kaieteur News’ Photo]
[www.inewsguyana.com] – As a result of its recently launched ‘Impact Albouystown’ project, the Police have arrested seven men for narcotics related offences, which included 188 grammes of marijuana.

According to a statement from the Guyana Police Force, an unlicensed .45 pistol was also recovered during an attempted robbery on a business place at Albouys Street, which was thwarted by the quick response of the police.

The statement noted that the perpetrator, who had opened fire on the police ranks, has been arrested and will be charged shortly. The police patrols in the community commenced on April 12.

According to the Police, no serious crimes have occurred in the Albouystown community since the launching of the project.

It was noted in one of the daily newspapers that persons complained of the police searching the bags of children going to school. This was debunked by the GPF.

“The Police Force wishes to advise that when the Impact Albouystown Project was launched schools were closed and no such searches took place.”

Meanwhile, in keeping with the thrust to assist youths in the Albouystown community with vocational skills training, some 60 children between the ages of 7 and 16 years will commence a Foundation Course in Information Technology, today Saturday April 19 at the Guyana Police Force Zara Computer Centre at Eve Leary. They will be transported to and from classes with the assistance of the Police Force.

Also, on Tuesday April 22, a Cosmetology training programme will commence at the Heavenly Light World Outreach Fellowship for a number of females.

According to the statement, the GPF has been encouraged by the developments that have taken place and the support received since the launching of the Impact Albouystown Project on April 11, 2014.

Through law enforcement services and social intervention activities, in partnership with a number of stakeholders including religious and community leaders of Albouystown, the project aims to develop the community into a “safe neighbourhood”.

“The police have been very appreciative of the significant early support from the business community towards the implementation of the Impact Albouystown Project, with donations of cash, computers, foodstuff, cosmetics and garbage bins being made. A number of pledges have also been received.

“A monthly donation of 10,000 pounds of rice made by a rice miller will greatly assist the feeding programme presently being conducted by the religious community in Albouystown, and the monthly donation of $200,000.00 worth of cosmetics by another businessman will serve to support the cosmetology training programme and other activities.”

A Steering Committee, which includes senior police officers and leaders in the Albouystown community has been established and will be meeting on a monthly basis.

A significant part of the Police Force’s efforts in this initiative is aimed at empowering youths of the Albouystown community to develop skills in order to be productive and make proper decisions.

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