THE East Coast of Demerara will today be the centre of attention as senior and junior ranks of the Guyana Police Force (GPF), accompanied by members of the private sector and partners and friends of the GPF, march to raise the curtains on activities to mark the 174th anniversary of the Guyana Police Force.
Dubbed the fitness walk, the activity would commence at the Sparendaam Police Station, ECD, and proceed west along the southern section of the main East Coast carriageway to the compound of the recently commissioned Police Training College on Camp Road in the outskirts of the city.
Speaking with the Guyana Chronicle yesterday, Force Training Officer, Senior Police Superintendent and attorney-at-Law Paul Williams, said the GPF would use the event to further engage communities and foster greater partnerships therein.
Williams said that as the procession makes it way to its destination, persons who wish to join in support or just as a means of exercising are free to participate by just dropping in at any point.
The walk, organized by the Felix Austin Police Training College, is being held under the theme “Restoring public trust through partnership, humanity, respect and integrity”, and is expected to attract close to five hundred persons, with almost three hundred and sixty coming from different divisions and departments of the GPF alone. Williams said the Force intends on Sunday to send a strong message of its willingness to work with communities to ensure it delivers the level of service each and every Guyanese citizen expects; and through the walk, its members hope to start that process.
He explained that the Force wishes to get even more support from the public, and are working to attract those persons who would no longer be afraid to share vital information with the police, as this would see decrease in criminal activities.
Work is also being done to create an environment which would cause persons who are aware of ongoing wrongdoings to feel comfortable speaking with police personnel. Sunday’s activity would also provide opportunity for members of the public to meet and interact with police officers and subordinate ranks.