Residents of Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam) are calling for improvement in the region’s security system by requesting more vehicles be given to the police in G Division (Essequibo Coast-Islands) to be mobile in fighting crime. Several residents raised their concerns at a recent community meeting held at Affiance calling on Commissioner of Police Seelall Persaud to intervene.
Police Commissioner Seelall Persaud at the recent meeting at Affiance community ground
According to one resident Nand Kishore, the region needs more vehicles at the various police stations to help fight crime. The resident from Affiance requested frequent police patrolling especially in the nights, outlining that residents need to feel safe. Kishore said that often when there is an incident and residents request police to visit, they are often told there is no vehicle available. The resident said this needs to be rectified as it often gives criminals an opportunity to escape.
“When you call the station, all you hearing is that vehicle not available or if you want them to come you have to buy gas. Why we as residents need to face such? Police supposed to provide security for us, not we doing them a favour,” Kishore said.
Another resident from Henrietta said that often youths are seen loitering in the area, making noise, using indecent language and when police are called complaints are taken but no visits are made.
At Zorg, a businessman related that he was robbed and to his surprise the police arrived late. Often persons have to go for police to investigate a crime due to the unavailability of vehicles at stations.
Residents are therefore calling on Commissioner Persaud and Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan to intervene. They are calling for vehicles to be made available to ensure quick response to criminal activities.
It is worth noting that at a recent meeting held with Commissioner Persaud at Affiance community ground, he had promised to send a new vehicle to the division. Residents are claiming that one vehicle is not enough for the entire district and call for at least two more vehicles.