Police launch youth group at Bath Settlement

Police in ‘B’ Division launched a youth group at Bath Settlement, West Coast Berbice on Friday with the hope of reducing violence and social problems.

Officer in charge of the Fort Wellington Station, Joshua Harvey-John told the youths that the police would provide sessions on topics such as drug abuse and all forms of violence to ensure a safer community.

He told them too that they would not only be trained to play different sports like cricket but would also learn to use the steel-pan.

Harvey-John, who is also an assistant superintendent,said too that the police intend to form other youth groups around West Berbice and that “from time to time you would be competing against each other.”

He welcomed them on board and urged them to encourage their friends to do the same.

The event was chaired by Sergeant Cynthia Kelly who said that they “could have gone to another area but we want the people of Bath to be a part of it.”

Assistant Superintendent, Joshua Harvey-John hands over some of the cricket gear to Naipaul Molaha in the presence of other officers and group members    
Assistant Superintendent, Joshua Harvey-John hands over some of the cricket gear to Naipaul Molaha in the presence of other officers and group members  

Also present was Corporal Avella David, the officer-in-charge of Weldaad Station district who re-emphasised that they are “interested in helping the youths because they are the future of tomorrow.

She said too that they were there to “mould your minds” and let them know the effects of all forms of abuse. The sessions would also include interactions with the police so there can be a “good public relationship.”

The members who would be decked out in uniforms would join with the scouts group and meet every Saturday.

Two persons from the community – Nazeema Sadiq and Naipaul Molaha – were chosen as leaders of the group.

Sadiq, a senior teacher at the Cotton Tree Primary was happy to be involved with the youths and promised to devote her time and energy to them.

Molaha, a pastor said the initiative was a “very good move” and he too was happy to be a part of it. He pledged to work with the youths so they can develop a better Bath Settlement.

He noted: “We just cannot depend on the people from parliament” to come and make the village better “but I think we are the people that the almighty has placed here with enough common sense and knowledge and enough health and strength, energy and education to pool our resources together to make the community better.”

He encouraged everyone to “keep supporting whatever the group is aimed at because I am sure there were great plans in mind before the initiative was even birthed.”

At the end of the launching, the officers presented the group with cricket gear.


Latest in Local News

default placeholder

Cases being built against drug kingpins

Outgoing Deputy Chief of Mission at the US Embassy here, Bryan Hunt has urged patience as it relates to indictments of local drug barons saying that cases are being built in the background that can guarantee convictions.

St Paul’s Anglican Church in Aurora

Aurora Village (Part 2)

Things in Aurora Village are much livelier than in Aurora Estate. Women walk in and out of the health centre with babies hanging from their hips; policemen stand outside the police station bracing against a wooden rail as they talk amongst themselves and shouts of chatter from children playing fill the air.

A Cessna 206 – the model of the planes flown out of Eugene F Correia International Airport, at Ogle yesterday

Probe launched into illegal Cessna flights from Ogle

The Guyana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) yesterday launched an investigation into the illegal flights of two aircraft from the Eugene F Correia International Airport, at Ogle, East Coast Demerara.

default placeholder

Broke City Hall seeks gov’t bailout

Debt-ridden City Hall has approached the government for a bailout after undertaking several Golden Jubilee projects it did not budget for.

Trevon Thomas

Youth of Guyanese parentage dies in BVI boat accident

A young man of Guyanese parentage died tragically in Tortola, British Virgin Islands around 10:00 hrs yesterday when the speedboat he was in hit rough waters and capsized.

Two of the better appointed stands at D’Urban Park (Stabroek News file photo/Keno George)

D’Urban Park bleachers to remain

The bleachers at D’Urban Park will not be dismantled as originally intended as government intends to preserve and improve the area and turn it into a facility for public events, President David Granger has said.

default placeholder

Funerals held for Kamarang sisters crushed by tree

Post-mortem examinations were performed yesterday on the two children who were crushed to death on Thursday in Kamarang, Region Seven and they were buried with the village council assisting with funeral expenses.

default placeholder

Plug leakages to prevent state resources from bleeding out

Revenues from ExxonMobil’s oil find here could be at least four times Guyana’s national budget at current market prices, and a top US Embassy official here has urged government to move swiftly to implement measures to ensure transparency and accountability.


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: