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Senior officer orders more community patrols in Hanover

Published:Friday | October 16, 2015 | 3:55 PM
Assistant Commissioner of Police Winchroy Budhoo (left)

ASSISTANT COMMISSIONER of Police in Charge of Area One Winchroy Budhoo has mandated the leadership of the Hanover Police Division to immediately resume or ramp up community patrols across the respective police districts in keeping with the force's community-policing strategy.

Speaking at a community consultation on crime in Lucea, Hanover, on Thursday night, Budhoo said the building of relationships with communities would make a difference in the high crime rates in these areas. The consultation came in the aftermath of last week's killing of six residents of Logwood in the parish by criminals.

"I want to use this opportunity to challenge my police in Hanover and in Area One. Let us go into these communities that are giving us problems and talk to the people. Let us practise the philosophy of community-based policing. We are going to build trust and confidence and build partnerships. The way forward is to work with the people. When you know the people that live in your police district, when you know the parents and the children and you develop a relationship, that will make a difference," the senior cop stressed.

Hold commanding officer accountable

"I challenge you the people of Hanover to hold your commanding officer and to hold the police in your districts accountable. Challenge them and have dialogue with them. When you see things not going the way they ought to, tell them and demand in a very mature way that you are dissatisfied and you want to see a difference. And you must also tell them that you want to be a part of the change because they cannot do it alone," Budhoo stated.