By Leroy Smith
[www.inewsguyana.com] – Commander of ‘A’ Division, Clifton Hicken told a gathering of Station Management Committee members that with the changing times and the new approach to crime by persons on the other side of the law, the response of the Force must be different.
He told the members that police officers can no longer sit in a police station or behind a desk and expect to be on top of the crime situation.
According to Hicken, one must be involved with the community and develop a relationship with the community before there can be any real results to effectively tackle crime.
At the moment, the police are going through a modernisation process which among other things speak specifically to the relationship that the police and members of the public share.
This aspect falls directly under the community action component of the citizen security program, which also forms part of the reform process.
Since his appointment as Commander to the ‘A’ Division, Commander Hicken has been holding several meetings with members of the various bodies within the division. These include the faith based organisations, station management community, community policing groups, business community and other stakeholders within the division.
At the moment, moves are afoot to have a divisional task force with representatives of the various organisations.