Community Policing Groups (CPG) have increased their presence in border villages, in order to amplify security in remote locations, where access to a law enforcement agency is absent.Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan told media operatives on Friday that there are a number of initiatives which these policing groups have embarked on within the last year.Mechanisms were put in place to establish more community policing groups as well as Police stations in Regions One (Barima-Waini), Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni) and Nine (Upper Takutu-Upper Essequibo).“We must emphasise because of the developments in the border area, more Police stations, more CPG group formations in these communities, especially when it’s hard to get more Policemen in these areas… CPGs are now active in villages spanning the hinterland,” said Ramjattan.Moving forward, the Ministry will seek to increase the number of such groups in the interior regions. However, he admitted that these groups have provided some level of security to communities that are subjected to criminal activities.“Community policing is premised on that philosophy whereby the community has that definite interest and therefore, must perform that defined obligation… The efforts of Community Policing Groups have been in a way, helping to reduce the negatives of crimes,” the Minister said.Ramjattan noted that these groups have received international support from the United Nations and the International Organisation for Migration.Adding to that, administrator of the groups, Dennis Pompey, mentioned that groups across the country would have produced many successes in their bid to combat crime.“The main focus in community policing is ensuring safety and security through various crime prevention mechanisms. The community policing over the years have yielded tremendous benefits from the hard work we delivered in 2018.”To date, there are 16 divisions, 210 policing groups, consisting of 4255 members.There was an increase in the number of patrols from 5765 in 2017 to 9182 in 2018. These were carried out by foot, vehicles and vessels.“We have established groups in non-traditional areas… Community policing continues to engage the youths of today through our 35 youth groups that are currently existing within the divisions,” said Pompey.After taking office in 2015, the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change Government had taken away the vehicles from the CPGs and handed them over to the Guyana Police Force. In 2017, realising the importance of CPGs, Ramjattan announced that several of those resources have since been returned to the CPGs.
Only 14 tyrannosaur tracks have been discovered worldwide. Many of those have been found within the Tumbler Ridge Global Geopark, but the one found by UBC Geology student Carina Helm on August 30th was less than 10 km away from the town.“The very first rock I went to, right beside the road, had this huge track-shape on it with three toes,” Helm said. “I thought, ‘Surely that is too big to be a footprint?’ but I showed it to my Dad and next thing he was on his cell-phone to Rich McCrea telling him about the find.”– Advertisement -The track measures 59 cm, but they estimate it was even bigger as the tip and claw of the longest toe has eroded away.Paleontologist Rich McCrea with the Peace Region Palaeontology Research Centre says the characteristics of the print still identify it as having belonged to a meat-eating dinosaur, despite the erosion.McCrea discovered BC’s first Tyrannosaur tooth in the same region back in 2004.President of the Tumbler Ridge Museum Foundation Jim Kincaid thanked Helm for her “sharp eyes and enthusiasm,” in helping find the track.Advertisement The decision is now being made to either leave the track in place as a roadside attraction, or haul it to the Museum. They feel the track will get vandalized left out in the open, but also that it will be difficult to get it to the Museum.In other pre-historic news, the new Philip J Currie Dinosaur Museum opened today as well.