PSM Charles reinstated as customs head after protests

P.S.M. Charles has been reinstated as the Director General of Customs for a period of three months following strong protests over her removal.Cabinet has approved a proposal to reinstate Charles to the post. She was removed from the post by Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera but this resulted in trade union action being launched by Customs Department employees.The matter was also raised in Parliament today by the opposition. (Colombo Gazette)

GPF has improved security around Stabroek Market

The Guyana Police Force (GPF) over the years has managed to reduce the level of criminal activity around the Stabroek Market Square.Acting Police Commissioner David Ramnarine, responding to questions from the media at the GPF Officers’ Training Centre, noted that police work has reduced the notoriety of the area as a “hotspot” for criminal activity.“Within recent times, we’ve done some work, this is not to say that what has been done is sufficient, but we continue to do a lot of work there with undercover operatives, general visibility,” Commissioner Ramnarine explained.Stabroek Market SquareThe Stabroek Market Square is populated with vendors and public transportation service providers. Over the years, parts of the market have been used by criminal elements who committed robbery, robbery with violence, larceny and trade of illegal drugs and firearms.The Acting Commissioner also praised the work of the City Constabulary in helping to improve public safety around the Square.In October, the GPF and the City Constabulary had joined forces to conduct sting operations to deter criminal activity.However, the Acting Commissioner cautioned that persons still needed to take precautions when in the area.   “I won’t say that it is a completely safe place, so people still need to be guarded when traversing that area,” the Acting Commissioner cautioned.According to a GINA report, the GPF has been working to improve safety in areas considered hotspots for criminal activity across the city, the Acting Commissioner noted.This disclosure came on the heel of a 15-year-old boy being positively identified and charged yesterday as the person who murdered Haymant Persaud, the brother of the substantive Commissioner of Police Seelall Persaud, two Sundays ago at the same Stabroek Market square in Georgetown. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedStabroek, Bourda Markets identified as ‘criminal hotspots’ – Chief ConstableJune 17, 2018In “Crime”Top Cop lashes out at Judiciary for its ‘careless, insensitive’ granting of bailOctober 24, 2016In “latest news”Ramnarine blasts GPF for increasing number of ranks chargedNovember 25, 2017In “Crime” read more