D Division hosts walk to stamp out crime, traffic “Lawlessness”

In efforts to re-enforce law and order in Region Three (Essequibo Islands-West Demerara), the Guyana Police Force’s D Division (West Bank Demerara-East Bank Essequibo) hosted a walk on Saturday morning.The ‘Walk against Crime and Traffic Lawlessness’ moved off from Den Amstel and concluded at Leonora, West Coast Demerara. It saw a large turnout, including State Minister Joseph Harmon and Deputy Commissioner of Police, Maxine Graham.Additionally, there were persons from various groups and organisations within the Division; such as churches, the business community, different youth groups, schools, Community Policing Groups (CPG) among others.Upon culmination of the walk, Minister Harmon, along with Commander of D Division, Senior Superintendent Edmond Cooper, and Deputy Commissioner Graham addressed the large gathering.The participants were encouraged to continue working together, for there is much work to be done within to division and the Police alone cannot do it, hence there is a call for team work.Speaking with Guyana Times, Commander Cooper explained that Saturday’s walk was a sensitivity exercise aimed at bridging the gap between the Force and the public by restoring the latter’s confidence in the country’s premier law enforcement agency.The Divisional Commander was pleased with the turnout for the walk – the first of its kind – which was pegged at over 400 participants.According to Cooper, he believes initiatives such as this will go a long way in sensitising the public on ‘crime and traffic lawlessness’ in the Division.“While the sensitivity campaign is going on, people listen and so we get our message out to them. We will continue our campaigns, our outreaches and sensitivity exercises,” Commander Cooper posited.He went on to note that there will be similar walks throughout the division to continue its efforts. Apart from the walk, the Commander said the division will continue with other activities such as lectures in schools and outreaches, among others. read more