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Sunday, April 09, 2006 

Police force to address gun crimes - Conference gives full support to Felix
Sunday, April 9th 2006

The Guyana Police Force has declared its intention to forcefully tackle gun crimes which have soared within the last year and to address head on the issue of increased illegal firepower in the country.

In its statement released yesterday after the curtains came down on the Police Officers' Annual Conference, the force briefly outlined what it had resolved to do in various areas, and recorded its acceptance of President Bharrat Jagdeo's expression of support for and confidence in Commissioner of Police Winston Felix and the Guyana Police Force. It added that it gave its full support to Commissioner Felix in his efforts to, "stem lawlessness in society and bring to justice all law breakers."

The conference said it would pursue the documenting of proposals to the relevant authorities seeking appropriate changes to legislation to more adequately address gun related crimes, and would pursue measures to reduce the number of illegal firearms in the society.

Modernising its 911 system is also on the agenda and the force noted with concern instances where persons on bail for gun-related crimes reappeared in court on similar charges and were again granted bail.

A review of the patrol system to deal with all forms of lawlessness and a traffic education programme conducted in conjunction with other stakeholders would also be undertaken, according to the statement. The conference resolved to pursue the rigid enforcement of the traffic laws, and to review the procedures for the acquisition of drivers' licences. There was also a proposal to alter the physical nature of drivers' licences, and redesign the certificate of insurance and revenue licences so they could be displayed on motor vehicles.

The topic of domestic violence came up at the conference and the force said it would continue to train ranks in this area so they could better understand their roles as these related to the treatment of complaints. Training would also continue for ranks in the area of human rights.

Noise nuisance was another issue discussed, and the force revealed that it would work with the Environmental Protection Agency and other stakeholders in order to properly address the matter.

The statement said the conference had addressed all issues relating to preparedness to effectively police the upcoming elections in a professional manner, including the periods of campaigning during and after polling.

Cricket World Cup 2007 was discussed and the conference resolved to adopt strategies and tactics to ensure that the event was conducted in a peaceful and orderly environment.
The Police Officers' Annual Conference opened on Thursday.
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