The citizen security programme is not without its setbacks
The citizen security programme is not without its challenges and setbacks. This was the assessment of Home Affairs Minister Clement Rohee. The minister was speaking at an exit workshop at the Grand Coastal Hotel on the east coast of Demarara. He said one of the setbacks is the absence of interagency co-operation to enhance public security.
The objective of the programme is to enhance citizen security and coexistence by contributing to the reduction in levels of crime, violence and insecurity in Guyana.
Minister Rohee sees public security as a work in progress. He noted that CSP has made a positive contribution to public safety and security in Guyana.
The full implementation of the citizen security programme started back in 2006 with funding provided by the Inter American Development Bank to the tune of 19.8 million USD with counterpart funding of 2.2 million USD being provided by the Government of Guyana. IDB representative to Guyana Sophie Makonnen spoke of the support of the bank in the project.
The goal of the Citizen Security Program is to reduce risk factors in communities, strengthen the capabilities of MoHA and GPF to implement crime prevention programs, and improve social cohesion within communities and increase their capacity to foster conditions to improve security.