Community related policing marked with youth expo

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Children from youth groups interact with the cartoon characters

THE Guyana Police Force last Sunday took some time out from the busy schedule of its elections and other preparations to host a youth exposition for twelve youth groups which have been formed and supported by the police “A” Division over the last year.

Sunday’s event, at the Thirst Park ground, received the blessing not only of the Commissioner of Police and Divisional Commander, but also the business community and private sector.
The main focus of the initiative was to bring the young people from the various youth groups together to celebrate the one year anniversary of the police public/ partnership which has come to all divisions since Commissioner Seelall Persaud took over the force.
Television personality Travis Chase, who performed the duties of master of ceremonies, kept the crowd lively as the young people took to the stage displaying fashion and talent in various disciplines including dance, song and drama.
On display were food, craft, art, achievements of the groups and the force over the last year.
Addressing the gathering were Commander Hicken and Top Cop Seelall Persaud. In his address, Hicken expressed his appreciation for the level of participation shown by the youth groups, communities and the support provided by police ranks who have been part of the process from day one.
Hicken said that next year the event is expected to be even bigger, as they plan to commission even more youth groups.
He stressed that what is important is that all the groups have been socialised to learn a different skills, so that whenever they all come together they can learn from each other.
According to Mr. Clifton Hicken, the force has seen added ways of working with the young people and those would be adopted as soon as the groups get back to their normal weekend activities, and after the hectic political season which will demand that the police be on the alert.
According to Seelall Persaud, the Guyana Police Force has been able to see a reduction in serious crimes. And he credited this directly to the involvement of the police with the communities.

By Leroy Smith