Crime observatory equipment handed over to ministry

The Home Affairs Ministry on Monday  received several pieces of hardware and software from Country Repre-sentative of the Organisation of American States (OAS), Dennis Moses, and  the equipment will be used to gather and accept information on public security in Guyana.

The Government Informa-tion Agency (GINA) said in a press release that the next step will see the Ministry of Home Affairs in collaboration with the OAS  procuring the services of a public security data coordinator, who will man the project at the ministry to ensure that the relevant data is collected and could be readily accessed for use by law enforcement agencies.

Minister of Home Affairs, Clement Rohee (left) and Organisation of American States (OAS), Country Representative, Dennis Moses at the ceremony. (GINA photo)

“We need to see this project as part of the improvement in the architecture of Guyana, particularly with respect to public safety and security.

This project ought not to be seen in isolation; but as part and parcel of government’s move to bring a greater sense of structure to local law enforcement agencies,”  Home Affairs Minister Clement  Rohee is quoted as saying. The equipment comes as part of the cooperation agreement signed between the two parties in June.

This  agreement is one of OAS’ projects funded by the Canadian Government to assist Caribbean nations in strengthening, establishing and implementing policies to fight crime and violence, the release noted.

Rohee in accepting the equipment said that its presentation brings the ministry a step closer to the realisation of the establishment of the Public Security Observatory, which will complement the work of the Crime and Social Observatory  under the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) funded Citizens’ Security Programme.

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