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A HIGH-LEVEL delegation from the main Opposition People's National Congress Reform (PNC/R) yesterday met the top brass of the Guyana Police Force and expressed its full support to the Force in the fight against crime.
A Police press release on the meeting said both sides expressed the hope that the current adverse crime situation will be reversed quickly to the betterment of the society at large.
The PNC/R delegation, led by the party's Chairman and acting Leader, Mr. Robert Corbin and including Mr. Basil Williams, Ms. Clarissa Riehl, Ms. Debora Backer and Mr. Artie Ricknauth, expressed its full support for the Police Force in the fight against crime and stated that their efforts to realise the meeting were an indication of the interest to help in whatever way they can, the release said.
The Police Force's delegation comprised Police Commissioner, Mr. Floyd McDonald; Deputy Commissioner, Mr. Winston Felix; Assistant Commissioner Mr. Henry Greene; Detective Senior Superintendent, Mr. Philbert Adams; and Assistant Police Superintendent, Mr. David Ramnarine.
The Police statement said McDonald told the PNC/R delegation that the Force was indeed experiencing some level of difficulties particularly related to crime and that the restoration of law and order calls for a combined effort from all stakeholders.
The statement said the meeting which was held at Police Headquarters, Eve Leary, Georgetown between 13:00 hrs and 14:20 hrs, discussed the crime situation and related security matters based on a written request from Corbin.
Corbin last week wrote McDonald requesting an urgent meeting on the situation in the East Coast Demerara village of Buxton, among other matters.
The Police statement said, too, that during the meeting, a number of pertinent issues germane to current Police operations along the East Coast of Demerara and other areas in general, were ventilated, including the slaying of members of the Force by criminals, the operational performance of members of the Force, strategies to foster better Police community relations and respect for human rights and the dignity of citizens and law enforcers alike.
Acknowledging that there is paramount need to develop and sustain a better working relationship with all communities, McDonald alluded to the fact that the capture of wanted fugitives is a major concern, since some of the killers of Policemen are known.