The Guyana Police Force’s Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR) is undertaking a programme to tackle the main complaints and issues prevalent in each department.Police Commissioner Leslie James greeting residents at the Government outreachIn an exclusive interview, Police Commissioner Leslie James described it as a “thinking outside of the box initiative”.According to the Department of Public Information (DPI), the plan will help to better ascertain what are the issues affecting residents and, by extension, what the OPR needs to address urgently within the various communities, the Commissioner said.The Commissioner was among senior ranks manning the Public Security Ministry’s booth at the Sixth Government Outreach at the National Track and Field Centre in Edinburgh, Berbice.He explained that previously the OPR gathered information that was fed to it directly. However, by now tasking OPR officials to visit each division, the body and, by extension, the Force, would have an idea of what was going on. The new move will also serve as a tool for understanding how divisional ranks are perceived to be performing by the residents and stakeholders they protect and serve.Providing an overview of the booth’s activities, Commissioner James said enquiries focused on follow-ups about noise nuisance complaints, investigations, a lack of feedback from stations about incidents, possible false imprisonment cases, gun licence applications and a reported “unusual death” that was currently under investigation.Sunday’s government outreach follows a similar successful exercise conducted at Fort Wellington in Region Five (Mahaica-Berbice) on April 25. The next outreach will be held in Linden on April 30.
Darjeeling: An open border, coupled with the Indo-Nepal Friendship treaty of 1950, is making the Indo-Nepal border highly vulnerable to human trafficking. Repatriation and rehabilitation of trafficked victims, especially children, back to Nepal is emerging as a major challenge.A “Consultation of cross-border repatriation of children from Nepal” was organised in Siliguri, attended by Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) top brass and NGOs.The main aim of the consultation was to formulate a Standard Operation Process (SOP) to repatriate victims back to Nepal. An SOP already exists with Bangladesh, which is followed when a cross-border trafficking victim is repatriated to Bangladesh. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life”Whenever we intercept any person from the porous and open Indo-Nepal border trying to indulge in human trafficking, the perpetrator immediately seeks refuge in the Indo-Nepal Friendship Treaty and claims that the they have come to India for education (in case of children) or for job (in case of youths and adults), with the consent of parents and relatives. In most cases they are forced into prostitution or cheap labour,” stated Srikumar Bandopadhyay, IG, North Bengal, SSB. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThe only way to prevent this is to create a strong intelligence network and to create awareness. “SSB is the lead agency working in this sector. We keep a close tab on the borders and also the airport,” stated the IG.The SSB has also come up with a short film which cautions people, especially children, not to fall into the trap of traffickers who usually lure their victims with promises of lucrative jobs and money. “We are screening this movie in all border areas, targeting students of Classes 8 to 12, the vulnerable group,” the IG said.