President orders $20M more for Police Force

Guyana Chronicle
January 4, 2003

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COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF of the Armed Forces, President Bharrat Jagdeo has immediately ordered the disbursement of an additional sum of $20M to the Guyana Police Force, according to an informed Police source.

This decision comes hours after two members of the Police Force have been brutally gunned down while off-duty.

Police sources indicate that this sum would be used for the provision of additional protection weapons as well as for securing vehicles to transport police ranks to and from work.

This newspaper further understands that the President met with Senior Officers of the Force yesterday.

This gesture by the government is a tangible expression of the President's commitment in his New Year's message to spare no resources to support the Guyana Police Force in its efforts to combat crime in the country.

The Government had also last year announced a package of financial assistance to the families of ranks who are killed in the line of duty. Fifteen Policemen have been gunned down in the most brutal and heinous fashion within the last ten months.

A source close to the Government revealed that this continued assault on members of the law enforcement arm of the state has been noted with concern by the Government.

The source also indicated that the group which will be the main beneficiary of the $20M additional package would be the group in the Force that is in the forefront of the anti-crime fight.

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