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City Constabulary


Peter Livingstone

Chief Constable


The primary responsibility of the City Constabulary is to maintain law and order within the jurisdiction of the Georgetown Municipality their responsibilities include:

  • Law enforcement
  • Crime registration
  • Crime investigation
  • Assisting with prosecution of criminals

City Constabulary

  • Enforce law and order to the general public
  • Enforcement of rules and regulation under the city markets by-law

AUTHORITY

The City Constabulary established in 1837 derives its authority from the Municipal and District Councils Act. Chapter 28:01 Section 137 (1) of this act stipulates that every member of a Town Constabulary has in relation to

Any offense committed against this act or By-Laws made by the Council in whose service he is for the time being.

Any offense committed in any place vested in, or under the control of, the Council or in any public place in council area.

All the powers and is entitled to all the privileges and immunities conferred on a police constable by any law for the time being in force.

Additionally the summary Jurisdiction Offenses Act Chapter 8:02 Section 4 makes provision for members of the City Constabulary to enforce the law in keeping with said act. The Department therefore arrest and prosecute individuals before a court of law for violations that are either deemed to be misdemeanors or indictable offences.

MISSION STATEMENT

We the members of the Georgetown City Constabulary pledge to uphold the following principles:

  • Serve all the Citizens within the boundaries of Georgetown.
  • Be impartial and exercise compassion in the execution of duties.
  • Enforce  all By-Laws and other laws Within the City limits.
  • Be committed to the prevention and detection of crime and the protection of life and property.
  • Stand united for high morals, principles and justice and to conduct their actions in conformity therewith.
  • To abide with any other duties that may fall within its portfolio from time to time.

Boundaries of Georgetown

The areas City Police Officers are required to patrol in keeping with their mandate falls within a fifteen (15) miles radius defined as:

All the areas bounded on the North by the Atlantic Ocean, on the East by the Eastern boundary of company path, on the Eastern side of Plantation Cummings Lodge, Houston and Rome and on the South by the Southern boundary of plantation Rome and on the West by the Demerara River.

WORK  PROGRAM

In keeping with the Municipal and district Councils act Chapter 28:01, Council’s policy and other statues the City Constabulary has a responsibility for the provision of the following services:

  • Enforcement of the City Government by Laws, Municipal and district Councils act Chapter 28:01
  • Enforcement of offences in keeping with the Summary jurisdiction offences act Chap. 8:02 section 153 i.e. minor offences chiefly in town
  • Respond to reports made by members of the public relative to the committal of offences
  • Provision of escort service to Municipal departments
  • Provision of support services to City Engineer and Public Health departments relating to the prosecution of matters
  • Provision of security detail to ensure safety of employees engaged in dismantling and other exercises
  • Security of Council installations

ORGANIZATIONAL CHART

The attached chart reflects the organizational structure of the Georgetown City Constabulary and depicts the current chain of command within the department.

The department roll call reflects a budgeted strength for 2019 of two hundred and eighty seven(287) ranks with the actual strength being one hundred and ninety five (195). At present, deficiency in strength amounts to one hundred and fifty (95) ranks.

Composition The department is a hybrid body, that being, regular officers and Security Guards which comprise an auxiliary. The department is made up of approximately 80% female officers and about 20% male officers.

RECRUITMENT PROCESS

The City Constabulary currently has vacancies for a number of ranks as a result of its deficiency. Applications are usually handled by the “Commandant City Constabulary Training Complex”.

Selected candidates before recruitment would be required to write a written examination after which they would be subjected to:

  • An interview
  • Medical examination
  • Background Check
  • Physical evaluation
  • Final interview

On recruitment potential officers would undergo training for a period of three (3) months. Training would be conducted by the department training staff with external resource personnel drafted in at identified periods of the program to ensure the delivery of specialized subjects crucial to the syllabus.

Administration

The City Constabulary is administered by a Chief Constable whose rank is that of an Assistant Commissioner. The Chief Constable is responsible for the control and direction of the City Constabulary Department taking cognizance of Council’s polices and existing statutes.
The office of the Chief Constable is located at the City Constabulary Headquarters lot 121 Regent Street and Avenue of the Republic Georgetown

The Chief is assisted in his functions by a management team comprising of a Deputy Chief Constable, whose rank is a senior Superintendent, and a superintendent who heads the administrative office.

The department to allow for administrative and operational control is comprised of several sections each headed by an Officer or Non Commissioned Officer with specific responsibility regarding their area of responsibility. The sections which form the City Constabulary are as follows:

  • Registry
  • Administrative Office

There are five (5) Sub Stations which falls under operations. These stations are:

  • Regent Street Outpost
  • Stabroek Outpost.
  • Bourda Outpost.
  • Ruimveldt Outpost
  • Albouystown Outpost

In addition there are several sections which provide support such as: Investigation Section, Communication Room and Bicycle Unit.

The Security Guard Section provides auxiliary support to the Constabulary and are mainly responsible for guarding of installions.

REGISTRY-

The registry functions within the Office of the Chief Constable and performs duties pertinent to the filing, maintenance of personal records, the typing and dispatch of correspondences.

ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICE-

The administrative office has the responsibility of addressing human resources issues regarding welfare, salary, leave, discipline and posting of ranks.

CITY POLICE INVESTIGATION SECTION (CPIS)

The investigation section is responsible for investigating all incidents of a serious nature within the Department and the Municipality, and institutes charges if warranted in keeping with its findings. It is also responsible for the gathering of intelligence and the provision of dignitary protection to municipal officials and visiting dignitaries.

COURT PROCESSING

The court processing section is responsible for the preparation of charges to be instituted against offenders. The section informs ranks through a court bulletin as to matters scheduled for court requiring their attendance.

Additional functions entail the service of warrants and summons to witness or defendants as well as prosecuting matters for the City Engineer and Public Health Departments.

CITY POLICE RESPONSE UNIT ( CPRU)

This unit is being formulated and is intended to be the quick response and enforcement arm of the City Constabulary tasked with the responsibility of conducting patrols throughout the entire City. CPRU will respond to all threats posed to Municipal installations, employees and officials as well as well as members of the public in keeping with the gravity of their reports.

OPERATIONS

The operations section covers the five substations as mentioned each substation having a responsibility for a particular sector within the city. The responsibility of these stations is to provide service and protection to members of the public through the provision of policing services. The sub stations also address the issue of security relating to Council’s locations which falls within their jurisdiction.

TRAINING AND COURSES

The training section is responsible for the development of the human resource component of the department. The training needs of the organization are identified and programs developed with the aim of enhancing the capacity of personnel towards the delivery of a professional security service to the Municipality and other stakeholders.

COURSES:

BASIC RECRUIT COURSE

 Applicants must be between the ages of 18- 35 years and have a sound Secondary School Education with passes at C.S.E.C examinations being an asset. The applicant should be fit and must be able to meet the basic physical requirements that is be able to:

  • Complete a six mile run in 30 minutes
  • Complete 50 sit ups in 20 minutes
  • Complete 50 Push ups

CONVERSION COURSE

 This program is offered to Security Guards who are desirous of crossing over to the City Constabulary.

Guards must meet: 

  • The physical requirements set for entry to the Basic Recruit Course.
  • Have a sound secondary school education.

REFRESHERS TRAINING PROGRAMME

This training is conducted quarterly and is designed to refresh and test ranks at the various levels of the organization on all aspects of their basic training.

Refreshers’ Programs are held for:

  • Sergeants
  • Corporals
  • Constables

CASES MADE

In 2017, one thousand one hundred and forty seven (1,147.00) persons were prosecuted while in 2018 a total number of one thousand and sixty two persons (1,062.00) were placed before the Municipal Court ‘10’ for a variety of offenses committed within the City of Georgetown. Offenses dealt with are:

PENALTY-

As a result of persons prosecuted and placed before the court penalties imposed by the Magistrate resulting in fines , community service or custodial sentences being imposed by the court.

CRIME HOTSPOT

Stabroek and Bourda

CHALLENGES

  • Manpower
  • Lack of kit
  • Inadequate vehicles
  • Training
  • Lack of specialized training
  • Firearms

SECURITY HAZARDS

  • Perimeter fencing
  • Security lights

STANDING ORDER

The Department Standing Orders sets out the Standard Operational Procedure (SOP) that is to be followed by members of the Department in the daily execution of their duties. It can be considered as the founding principle of the Department, guiding members on a variety of subjects relating to their Job.

SUMMARY

It is anticipated by executing the following core services the Georgetown City Constabulary would be able to provide the citizen of Georgetown with  improved services pertinent to public safety and security during the course of 2019

ACTIVITYOUTPUT
Training
Training of personnel in areas of
law enforcement
Execution of Law Enforcement
Services by ranks in a professional manner
Response Unit
Establishment of City Police
response  Unit (CPRU)
Enhanced capacity to deal with
imminent threats posed to the
Municipality and stakeholders
Vehicle PatrolsPresence of vehicle patrols within
the City to identify and treat with
violations and provide support to
foot and bicycle patrols
Foot Patrols
Establishment of beats
Increased presence of  City Police
Officers conducting foot patrols on streets and avenues as a deterrent to persons who may act in
contravention of the laws
Investigation Section
Investigation of matters and
training of ranks in investigating
techniques
Investigation of all incidents and
crimes of a serious nature within
the Municipality and City as
reported with a view of solving
them.  Identification of crime hot spots and conducting of raids to
eliminate elements engaged in
criminal activities   
Cash EscortReduction in risk of robberies
being carried out on clerks tasked
with depositing of cash.
Dignitary ProtectionProtection of Municipal officials
and residences as well as visiting
dignitaries
City Police Controls CenterMonitoring of personnel at
locations on patrols/ beats, relaying of instructions to from members of
the public as to breaches of the law, crimes etc
Bicycle Unit
Additional cycles and kit for expansion of unit
Increased presence of City Police
bike officers to foster community
relationship and eliminate
violation of Laws

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