To formulate policies in relation to the maintenance of public order and safety and to ensure that such policies are implemented by the appropriate agencies, in order to assist in protecting and maintaining the social fabric of Guyana.
Roles and Responsibilities
The Ministry of Public Security is responsible for the formulation and evaluation of national policy aimed at ensuring that the state offers a safe and secure environment for all people, thereby engendering a spirit of confidence in every individual that life and property is not threatened by neither internal or external forces.
The Ministry of Public Security traditionally has responsibility for internal security and immigration. This responsibility is discharged primarily through the Ministry as well as its five semiautonomous agencies, namely the Guyana Police Force, Guyana Prison Service, Guyana Fire Service, General Register Office and the Police Complaints Authority. Over, the years, the Ministry has seen a number of changes in terms of its functions, but the core responsibilities and service agencies, have remained intact. The Ministry is therefore responsible for formulating and evaluating public order and safety policies aimed at protecting and maintaining the ‘social fabric’ of the country. The organization chart at Annex 1 provides a graphic representation of the Ministry, its responsibilities and areas of influence.
In addition to the oversight responsibilities of MOHA, the Ministry exerts influence over a myriad of security issues through its association with a number of multiagency sectoral committees and task forces. Included in this group of security focused bodies are(a) National Commission of Law and Order; (b) National Road Safety Council; (c) National Security Committee; (d) Council for National Security and Law Enforcement; (e) Security Policy Advisory Committee; (f) Policy Committee for Crime and Social Observatory; (g) House of Criminal and Civil Justice System; (h) Task force on Narcotics and Illicit Weapons; (i) Task force on the smuggling of Illicit Fuel and Contraband. The Ministry, through these forums, is able to contribute to security related solutions at the local, regional and international level.