Guyana Police Force Scouts

Scouting in the Guyana Police Force was resuscitated on November 02, 2008, during the tenure of the late Commissioner Henry Greene, DSS, DSM, with a simple ceremony at the Police Sports Club Ground, Eve Leary.
 
Children attached to the Police Outreach Youth Club, which was known as the Police Outreach Programme, formed the nucleus of the sixty odd scouts who showcased their skills learnt and entertained the appreciative audience that included senior Police officers, officials of the Scout Association of Guyana, parents and well- wishers.
 
The Guyana Police Force, through the initiative of former Commissioner Greene, saw it necessary to revive the scout movement in the Force in an effort to create another recreational avenue and training facility for our young people and complementing the Outreach Programme and Police Youth Clubs. It was aimed at encouraging the physical, mental and social development of young people so that they could be able to make constructive contributions to the society.
 
The underlying factor was the non- productivity or lack of activity which resulted in a number of youths going astray and getting involved in crime which necessitated the provision of an enjoyable, attractive place of progressive training based on the Scout Law and promise, and guidance by adult leadership.
 
At the time of its resuscitation the Scout Movement in the Police Force was being coordinated by Assistant Commissioner Cecil Bovell, DSM, the responsibility for which was later handed over to the Officer- in-Charge of the Tactical Services Unit Senior Superintendent Colin West.
Upon West’s retirement from the Force, Senior Superintendent Clifton Hicken who was appointed O/C TSU supervised the activities of the Scouts followed by Senior Superintendent Lyndon Alves and subsequently the present Coordinator Senior Superintendent Whitney Bacchus, Second in Charge of Operations, took over this responsibility.
 
Under Commissioner Henry Greene’s astute leadership and hands on involvement, together with the dedication of the successive coordinators, the Scout Movement in the Guyana Police Force grew from the original group at Police Headquarters with the establishment of Scout groups in “A” Division at Agricola, Grove and Diamond, “B” Division at Fort Wellington, New Amsterdam and Adventure, in “C” Division at Mahaicony and “E” Division at Linden. Linden is the largest group with some 155 scouts.
 
The Police Scouts presently total about 472 persons comprising Leaders, Venture and Explorer Scouts and Cubs. Efforts are being made to have additional groups formed in the other policing Divisions.
 
In view of the growth of the Scout Movement it was decided by the Force Administration to establish a Scout and Youth Office at Police Headquarters which is located in the complex that houses the Public Relations Office and Sports Secretariat at Parade Street, Georgetown.
 
Over the years the Police Force, along with the Scout Association of Guyana, has ensured that the youths are given the opportunity for self development. Scouts have been involved in the Scout Association’s yearly calendar of activities that include training sessions, camping, National and Caribbean Scout jamborees and cuborees, scavenger hunt competitions, hiking expeditions, and backwoodsman cooking competitions.
 
The Police Force’s involvement with the Scout Association of Guyana has been very significant and has seen the appointments of Inspector Hatty Anthony as the Assistant District Scout Commissioner for Upper East Coast Demerara/Berbice, Constable 19954 Hosni Campbell as Assistant District Commissioner Explorer and Constable 21557 Theon Hope as Assistant District Scout Commissioner for Cub Scouts/Youth Members with effect from July 01, 2013.
 
At Force level the scouts have been involved in training and camping as well as the Force’s Anniversary Route Marches, Force Drill Competitions, Annual Youth Camps, Computer Literacy Classes, English classes and Driving classes.
 
During the school holidays of July/August, the Police Force usually conducts special work study programmes for a number of scouts which sees them gaining work experience in areas such as photography, communication, office procedure, finance, carpentry, music, mechanics, tailoring and equitation.
 
The Police Scouts have also benefited from the presentation of complete Marching Band Musical Instruments which were donated by Food for the Poor (Guyana) Inc. and boasts three musical bands including a steel band.
 
It must be noted that the Scouts created history in the Force when for the first time the three musical bands accompanied scouts units on the Police Anniversary Route March on July 02, 2011, for which they were awarded a special monetary incentive.
 
The Guyana Police Force is continuing to place much emphasis on the maintenance of scouting as, in addition to the individual benefits to the scouts, it can play a meaningful role as a crime prevention strategy and a tool in efforts to build police/community relationships and improve the Force’s image.

Recently, on Saturday June 20, 2015, nine members of the Guyana Police Force, three Rural Constables and two civilians who over the years have made sterling contributions to scouting, more particularly in the Police Force, were given awards during the Scout Association of Guyana General Meeting of Scout Leaders and Awards Ceremony which was held at the Scout Headquarters, Woolford Avenue, Georgetown.
Receiving Awards were Assistant Commissioner Clifton Hicken, Senior Superintendent Stephen Mansell and Senior Superintendent Lyndon Alves in appreciation of their outstanding and dedicated service towards the development of scouting.
Also recognised for having completed five years of excellent service towards scouting were Corporal 21126 Patrick Reynolds; Lance Corporal 18818 Vanessa Stuart-Arthur; Constables 19781 Reneka Isaacs, 19954 Hosni Campbell who is also an Assistant District Scout Commissioner, and 20531 Cecil Adams;  Rural Constables Ashanti Amsterdam, Sabrina Carmichael, Onica Dennis and Romia Greene; and civilians Olisa Sanderson and Elevenus Nelson.
 

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