Police set to form youth group at Charity

‘G’ Division Commander Superintendent Kevin Adonis yesterday asked residents of Charity on the Essequibo for their support for plans the police have as regards community improvement, including forming a youth group.

Speaking to residents at an open air meeting held in from of Esther Manmohan’s house at Charity and listening to their views and concerns, Adonis said the police’s intention was to partner with the community to resolve whatever issues might exist.

Deputy Commander of ‘G’ Division Walter Stanton said, “…We are here to listen to what you have to say. If you have aconcern that might be affecting you, we would like to hear it and we will share a few of the strategic management plans that we have and some of the projects we are planning. We are looking forward for the cooperation of the community.”

Members of the community took the opportunity to voice concerns about the traffic and noise nuisance in the area.

One man said that bus drivers should be penalised for overloading their vehicles. He also pointed out that many car drivers usually speed through the streets and recommended the installing of speed bumps to discourage this.

“This is a quiet community and we can see that the police are doing their job but we still need them patrolling at times to keep things in place,” the resident said. “We have an issue here with the speeding and I would like the police here to warn drivers. I have also noticed that many youths are usually at the Scheme Bridge very late waiting for special buses and that is when the problem of overload comes in. I believe that the police should be there so the children will stop lingering in the morning.”

One woman complained that there is usually a lot of noise nuisance in the area, and the police should be more stringent in performing their duties in order for this problem to be resolved. “A lot of times, music does be playing real hard here early in the morning and I think that the police should do something about this. I know that people do not really report these matters but from now on I will do so and I hope the police do their jobs,” she said.

Adonis had noted earlier that the meeting was being held to deal with issues affecting villagers as regards how the police at Charity are performing their duties. “When there are problems, there are also solutions so the reason we decided to partner with the community is to help in resolving issues,” he noted.

He said many projects are being planned for the community, but forming a youth group is one of the first. “We are asking parents to cooperate fully with the sergeant at the Charity Police Station and his team in allowing their children to join the group and to make it a success because we know in time to come it will benefit the youths,” he said.

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