Po­lice must now ag­gres­sively mon­i­tor for noise nui­sance

Stabroek News - - REGIONAL NEWS -

Dear Ed­i­tor, Af­ter a re­cent in­vest­ment of Seven mil­lion Guyanese tax­pay­ers’ dol­lars to pur­chase Law En­force­ment Sound Level Me­ters, the Po­lice must now ag­gres­sively mon­i­tor both po­lice-owned and civil­ian owned “boom buses”, and other per­pe­tra­tors of noise nui­sance of­fences, so that ev­ery Guyanese can en­joy our con­sti­tu­tional right to per­sonal lib­erty, pub­lic safety and good health.

The Gov­ern­ment re­cently armed the Po­lice with sound me­ters ca­pa­ble of record­ing and stor­ing up to 8000 noise level read­ings. These are date-stamped and are ad­mis­si­ble ev­i­dence in a court of law in pur­suit of con­vic­tions of noise o ffend­ers. The po­ten­tial for abuse of this new weapon by the po­lice ex­ists, and strict Po­lice De­part­men­tal ac­count­abil­ity reg­u­la­tions must be en­forced to en­sure that the peo­ple’s right to use le­gal lev­els of sound is not en­croached. But per­haps an even greater chal­lenge will be for the Po­lice to en­force the law among its own ranks who are the owners and/or op­er­a­tors of Mini-buses. A noise nui­sance hot­line must be set up with im­me­di­ate ef­fect to cater for the ex­pected hike in noise of­fences dur­ing the Christ­mas Sea­son.

The suf­fer­ing of the el­derly, the sick, the stu­dent burn­ing the mid­night oil and the hard­work­ing cit­i­zen seek­ing much­needed rest must come to an end now! En­ter­tain­ment p roviders and o per­a­tors of s ound s ys­tems must en­joy their right to sat­is­fac­to­rily serve their clients, es­pe­cially when in pur­suit of their hon­est liveli­hood. How­ever, the right of any cit­i­zen stops where that of an­other starts. The duty of the Gov­ern­ment is to pro­tect both.

We call on all law-abid­ing cit­i­zens, the Po­lice and those en­trusted with lead­er­ship of this great coun­try to en­sure the longevity of pub­lic or­der, pub­lic safety, pub­lic moral­ity and pub­lic health as some of the con­sti­tu­tion­ally en­shrined rights of ev­ery Guyanese cit­i­zen. Ex­ces­sively loud noises are not just un­healthy, and un­com­fort­able, they are il­le­gal. Yours faith­fully, Phyl­lis J. Jor­dan

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