Suriname Top Cop wants to reorganize police force

(de Ware Tijd) PARAMARIBO – “Do your job the way we know you can and you will get the government’s support,” President Desi Bouterse promised Humphrey Tjin Liep Shie, who was installed as the new police chief on Friday. “We are proud of this police force and of its chief,” said the President, who believes that “building the trust of society in the police force and its command” ought to be a priority.

Humphrey Tjin Liep Shie

Tjin Liep Shie stated that when fighting crime, he will focus on “socio-prevention,” and that is why he supports the plans of the government to tackle housing, unemployment and education. This would be a big contribution to fighting crime. The Police Training Center will undergo a complete transformation. A new building on the premises will have four floors, while twelve new classrooms, a conference room, a shooting range, a sports hall and an office building will be added as well. Police training is to be improved too. The new police chief wants to make significant progress with the police force. “We will be enterprising, innovative, upright and transparent. The bar will be set high and there will be no more room for sub-par performance,” Tjin Liep Shie said.

Minister Edward Belfort of Justice and Police wants to remove unnecessary tasks from the police force as much as possible, so it can fully concentrate on “preserving public order, peace and security.” The Minister already notes an increase in security and of the feeling of safety among citizens, yet he is still not satisfied. Belfort wants to pay more attention to traffic safety, cross-border crime, trafficking in humans and domestic violence. Tjie Liep Shie was acting police chief for nearly fifteen months after former chief Delano Braam was sacked. He has 31 years of experience on the police force and is the 47th chief.

default placeholder

No amnesty for war rapists: Colombia peace talks turn to women’s rights

BOGOTA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Colombia’s government and FARC rebels have pledged to improve access to land for women and ensure perpetrators of sexual violence, including rape, will not be eligible for amnesty as part of ongoing peace talks to end five decades of civil war.

default placeholder

Colombia declares end to Zika epidemic inside country

BOGOTA (Reuters) – Colombian health officials declared yesterday that the worst of a Zika outbreak in the Andean nation had passed just 10 months after its arrival, raising questions about how the virus is affecting parts of Latin America differently.

Damage to the MV Xin Fei Zhou

Ship hits wall of Panama Canal, renews design concerns

HOUSTON (Reuters) – A Chinese container ship hit a wall of the new lane of the Panama Canal, a Canal Authority official and a local ship agent said yesterday, the third such incident since the expanded waterway opened one month ago amid design concerns.

default placeholder

Little enforcement of Jamaica Tobacco Control Act douses its relevance

(Jamaica Observer) It has existed on Jamaican law books for three years now, but the one-time much heralded Public Health Tobacco Control Regulations Act 2013, seems to have virtually gone up in smoke.

default placeholder

Big battle set for key Clico beachfront property in T&T

(Trinidad Guardian) Battle for No Man’s Land. That is what is shaping up on all fronts—from Government to the Clico owners of the property—as the spotlight continues to increase on one of the last pristine pieces of beachfront in the English-speaking Caribbean.

Died at hospital:
Isaiah Hospedales

T&T student killed for gold chain

(Trinidad Express) A 22-year-old man’s decision to wear a large gold chain while liming with friends on Ariapita Avenue, Woodbrook cost him his life early Saturday morning when he was ambushed, shot and killed for his jewelry.

Comments

About these comments

The comments section is intended to provide a forum for reasoned and reasonable debate on the newspaper's content and is an extension of the newspaper and what it has become well known for over its history: accuracy, balance and fairness. We reserve the right to edit or delete comments which contain attacks on other users, slander, coarse language and profanity, and gratuitous and incendiary references to race and ethnicity.

Stay updated! Follow Stabroek News on Facebook or Twitter.

Get the day's headlines from SN in your inbox every morning: