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Police to craft plan to de-radicalise terrorists

cop_seelallPolice Commissioner, Seelall Persaud briefing the media on Wednesday, December 30, 2015.Even as the Guyana Police Force (GPF) examines information about the existence of a terrorist, Police Commissioner Seelall Persaud said that law enforcement agency would be exploring ways of de-radicalising such persons who might return to Guyana.

“There are some unverified data of one other, still unverified but no other that we are aware of,”  he told a news conference.

Persaud said investigators were not aware of any Guyanese who has travelled to the Middle East to fight for the Islamic State (IS) and has returned home. Several nationals of the twin-island Republic of Trinidad and Tobago have gone to Syria and other countries to support the IS also known as the Daesh.

The Police Commissioner said the force does not have a documented plan, but there would be a “dedicated programme.” “The de-radicalisation will be addressed in our community projects of the Social Crime Prevention Programme and any returning terrorist will receive dedicated efforts from us,” he said when questioned by Demerara Waves Online News.

Persaud explained that agents were constantly gathering intelligence locally and fed to the Caribbean through the Regional Intelligence Fusion Centre, International Police (InterPol), and American law enforcement agencies.

He noted that information about anyone who purchases a ticket to fly to the Caribbean is sent to Joint Regional Coordination Centre for checks against a database for recommendation to the destination country if required.

Guyanese immigration officers are also provided with intelligence from the Criminal Investigations Department and the Special Branch (Intelligence) Department.

  • Mother Sally

    This sounds like a whole bunch of bugaloo to boot if one might say so. First and foremost, the keystone cops headed by Commissioner ‘SeeAll’ are way out of their league in dealing with common, everyday crime ranging from simple larceny to shoplifting and from daily shootouts like ‘High Noon’ or desperadoes holding the nation captive as in ‘Dodge City’ – let alone being able to understand and deal with such complex issues as radical Islam or terrorists returning home.

    Does the Police Commissioner really think that any possible terrorist (home grown or foreign) coming to Guyana will report to the nearest tourism desk or police outposts to identify himself or herself as ‘radicalised Muslim’? The GPF is fighting 21st century threats and crimes utlising a Sherlock Holmes modus operandi. They are in no way, shape or form equipped with the necessary, trained human capital or resources to take on ISIS or ISIL inspired local threats.

    Obviously, the discredited leadership of the GPF are engaging in ‘comic relief’ for the besieged masses as this year’s masquerade was not as entertaining. In the meantime, the Granger Administration has become the local equivalent of ‘The Emperor’s New Clothes’.