The Guyana Police Force (GPF) and the City Constabulary (M&CC) on Friday received 200 pedal cycles and accessories donated by the US Embassy as part of its Big Brother Mission commitment.
This donation, worth US5,000, has been made in support of Guyana’s Community Outreach Program, and is intended to aid in those respective agencies’ efforts to protect the nation.
Of the 200 pedal cycles donated, 170 were directed to the Guyana Police Force and 30 to the Georgetown City Constabulary.
Speaking at the handing over ceremony, held at the TSU Square at Police Headquarters, Eve Leary, US Ambassador Perry Holloway pledged, on his country’s behalf continued commitment to the safety and development of Guyana.
The ambassador outlined the basis of this significant contribution: underscoring the United States’ ongoing commitment to promoting community policing in Guyana.
“The United States Department of State, through the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement (INL), assists countries around the world in strengthening the capacity of their law enforcement, and supports their efforts to promote the rule of law,” he detailed.
The US diplomat indicated that 12 officers were trained in the safe use and efficiency of these bicycles, and they accordingly now possess the knowledge to train other ranks.
Moreover, Ambassador Holloway highlighted that the donation of pedal cycles rather than motor vehicles aligns with President Granger’s vision of a Green State.
Also addressing the gathering at the ceremony on Friday was Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan, who referred to the many US investments in Guyana, and highlighted some of the key areas in which Guyana has benefited from US investments.
Georgetown Mayor, Patricia Chase-Green, in accepting the 30 cycles donated to City Hall, extended gratitude for the support. With Georgetown being the nation’s capital city, Green reiterated the significance of this boost in public security.
Shortly after this exercise, the Guyana Police Force received a donation of 200 chairs from the Essential Supplies Incorporated.