By Jomo Paul
[www.inewsguyana.com] – The Guyana Police Force (GPF) has intensified its efforts to regain public trust and is looking to start from the core of the issue, however the issue of the sloth in Guyana’s justice system should be addressed as a matter of priority, according to Police Commissioner Seelall Persaud.
Addressing police officers at the opening ceremony of the seminar for Divisional Community Relations Officers, the Police Commissioner spoke about the slow process of the judiciary, pointing out that it is not fulfilling it purpose.
As such, he noted that criminals are not feeling the brunt of the law, so when the system is supposed to act as a deterrent to crime; it is not.
He further noted that the majority of persons involved in criminal activities are between the ages of 16-35 and these would include repeat offenders.
Making a nexus between the repeat offenders and the justice system; the Top Cop stated “so they come back out and behave the same way…it speaks to the effectiveness of the justice system as a deterrent to crime.”
He said that such relationships can be bolstered through community interaction which will be done with the aid of religious organizations.
The Police commissioner explained hat the objectives of the church and the police share a commonality hence it would be easy for them to work together.
“To prevent antisocial behaviour – the police will want to have a role in (that) and the church will also want to have a role in (that),” said the Police Commissioner.