New Region 6 Divisional Commander hits ground running
The Guyana Police Force’s new Divisional Commander of Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne), Superintendent Jairam Ramlakhan has been up and about in various communities with the aim of improving the public’s image of the police in the region.
He has led sensitisation and mask distribution exercises while also resuscitating the Station Management Committee and honouring the top National Grade Six Assessment (NGSA) performers on the Corentyne over the past days.
On Sunday, Commander Ramlakhan visited Senior Pastor Karmanand Ramesh of the Family of God Cathedral, Number 2 Village at East Canje, Berbice. The pastor, who also served 35 years in the education sector and last taught at the Sheet Anchor Primary School, pledged to support the Guyana Police Force in whatever area he can.
According to the Commander, plans are afoot to have the pastor be a part of the Force’s Cops and Faith Community Network, where he will serve as a mentor and a counsellor.
Commander Ramlakhan and several other ranks, as well as stakeholders, on Saturday morning, conducted a walkabout at the Port Mourant and Rose Hall markets. Several persons were given face masks and flyers to spread awareness of the deadly disease. The items distributed were donated by Krish Pharmacy. The citizens were also sensitised about COVID-19 and the preventative measures that they can take to protect themselves and their loved one.
During the exercise, concerns were raised by business owners and members of the public. The newly-appointed Regional Commander promised to address these.
Accompanying Ramlakhan on the walkabout were Deputy Commander, Superintendent A Roberts; Officer in Charge of the No 2 Sub-Division, Superintendent Karl Wilson; Officer in Charge of Crime in the Region, Elton Baird; Anti-Crime Patrol Officer, Assistant Arjune; Finance Officer, Inspector Kewis Gravesande; Human Resource Officer, Chief Inspector A Solomon; Officer in Charge of Traffic No 2 Sub-Division, Inspector A Ramnauth; Subordinate Officer of Whim Police Station, Sergeant Hamilton; Subordinate Officer in Charge of Crime No 2 Sub-Division, Sergeant Eustace Lynch; Subordinate Officer in Charge of Rose Hall Outpost, Sergeant Karan Tyndall; Corporal Haynes; Subordinate Officer in Charge of Mibikuri Police Station; Community Relations Officer – Angoy, Natoya Benjamin, and Constable Kevin Tyndall.
Mayor of Rose Hall Town, Chattergoon Ramnauth, was also a part of the initiative.
Meanwhile, Commander Ramlakhan along with other senior officers from the Division met with business owners on Friday to get firsthand information about their security needs and to commence rebuilding the Force’s image in communities in the Region, where the police are being viewed as the public enemy.
At Rose Hall Town, the Community Relations Officer, Karen Tyndall, and the Neighborhood Police carried out an outreach where persons were sensitised about the COVID-19 guidelines and encouraged to use face masks. Relevant fliers were also distributed in the community.
A similar exercise was also conducted on the East Bank of Berbice at the Edinburgh area, where businesses were asked to publicly display flyers about COVID-19 for the benefit of customers.
In the Albion community, officers from that station during their community outreach also distributed face masks and encouraged persons to always use them in public.
Meanwhile, at Springlands, the top NGSA students from Corriverton Primary, New Market Primary, Skeldon Primary, Crabwood Creek Primary, Massiah Primary and Number 68 Primary Schools were honoured by the police.
During an address at the simple ceremony, Commander Ramlakhan encouraged the students to remain focused on their education.
Trophies were presented to the awardees.
A similar exercise was held at the Number 51 Police Station, where students from Number 56 Primary, Number 48 Primary, Leads Primary and Number 36 Primary Schools were also rewarded for their stellar performances.
Meanwhile, a new Station Management Committee was installed at Central Police Station.
The Chairman of the Committee is New Amsterdam NDC Chairman, Roy Jafferally, while Deputy Mayor, Wainwright McIntosh, was appointed as Secretary.
The Assistant Secretary is Rebecca Singh and the Treasurer is Ashrab Jahoor.
Other members on the Executive are Colvin Melville, Junior Blair, Sean Archer, Eusi Smith, Katharine Persaud, Gordon Vaudenburg and Toolaprashad Gupta.
The objective of the Station Management Committee is to work with ranks of Central Police Station to create more people-friendly relations between the police and communities, and to ensure effective and efficient policing within this station district.