Guyanese and persons expected to visit Guyana for the celebration of the country’s 50th Independence anniversary are being assured by Minister of Public Security, Khemraj Ramjattan that their safety will be prioritised.
Guyana is set to celebrate its Golden Jubilee anniversary on May 26, 2016 under the theme “Reflect, Celebrate, Inspire.”
Minister Ramjattan in an interview with the Government Information Agency (GINA), outlined the steps being taken to ensure citizens safety. “We intend to put out lots more people in the street, we intend to ask for traffic cops to also come on board to ensure that we have more or less a disciplined kind of traffic in the streets of Georgetown … everything is being pre-planned so that we can have a safe, very stable country,” the Minister explained.
Members from the disciplined services-the Guyana Fire Service, the Guyana Police Force and the Guyana Defence Force will be supporting the efforts, Minister Ramjattan disclosed.
Minister of Public Security, Khemraj Ramjattan
In addition, the Minister noted that security efforts must be a joint one, and called for the support of citizens. “We are asking members of the community policing groups to be there, and we are also asking the general population to help out in this regard,” the Minister urged.
International bodies such as Interpol and the Drug Enforcement Agency, and the United States, Britain and Canada have offered to lend a helping hand in ensuring security, the Public Security Minister pointed out. He added that those agencies will help in areas such as trafficking in persons and drugs.
“The confidence level of the policemen has been increased because of a lot things that we have done, with seminars they go on, and the other workshops that they have all around,” according to Minister Ramjattan.
He added that continued capacity building for police officers has resulted in the year 2016 seeing lower levels of crime when compared to 2013, 2014 and 2015.
Operation Dragnet that was implemented during the Christmas season is still in full effect, and this will be complemented by a number of other operations aimed at increasing security.