Residents of Linden and by extension, Region 10, no longer have to travel to the capital city to process their application for a Police Certificate of Character or Police Clearance, as this can now be facilitated in the township. Commander of Region 10 Division, Hugh Winter, told INFO 10 that applications can now be done at the Mackenzie Police Station.
Consideration to decentralize the service came after residents at a recent outreach with Vice President Bharrat Jagdeo, at the Watooka Guest house, called for same to be done. One resident supported by others, highlighted the difficulty and inconvenience of having to travel to Georgetown to apply for the police clearance and to return to pick it up at a later date. It is expected that the decentralisation of this service will not only be done in Linden but in other outlying towns.
Police Clearances were previously exclusively processed at the Police Head Quarter’s Eve Leary, Georgetown. A police clearance is needed particularly for job or visa applications.
In 2019, Linden’s passport office became operational which reduced the burden of residents’ having to travel to Georgetown to apply or renew their travel document.