USD 45B invested in security sector was well spent
In the space of two budgets, the security sector has received over $45B, and President David Granger and Minister of Public Security Khemraj Ramjattan are convinced that the money has been put to good use.
Both agree however, that this crucial sector is in need of more resources. During the recent taping of the program, “The Public Interest,” They asked the Head of State to say if he is satisfied with how the billions invested into the sector have translated into crime fighting efforts. Granger did not hesitate to state that he felt the allocations into the sector were “inadequate.” In fact, the President opined, “I would certainly like to have given the force more.” The Head of State, who has written extensively on national security, emphasized that the Guyana Police Force needs assets, be it in the form of more horses and or all-terrain vehicles for wider patrols in the Rupununi area. He noted that the Rupununi area is bigger than Costa Rica and is in need of more mounted police, since that is where some of the narcotrafficking is taking place. The President noted that the force is also in need of aircraft which could enable effective patrol of the nation’s borders. Granger commented that generally, the Guyana Police Force needs to be brought up to strength. “Regrettably, some police officers had to be dismissed for misbehaviour and to the extent that they are removed from their day to day duties. From November 15, you would have seen an increased deployment in police men and women… We are using the neighbourhood police in a more aggressive way for law enforcement…” Overall, the President iterated that the money invested into the sector has been well spent but more is needed. At the same time, Granger emphasized that more is needed of the police force. For this reason, the President said that Government has asked the British Government to assist with security sector reform.