‘E’ Division sees 20% reduction in crime

Supt. Ramesh Ashram appointed Commander of E Division

Bamia mobile police patrol contributing to crime fighting, traffic monitoring

DPI, Guyana, Tuesday, September 10, 2019

The Guyana Police Force’s ‘E’ Division in Upper Demerara-Berbice, has recorded a 20% reduction in all categories of crime. This is according to Superintendent Ramesh Ashram, who was appointed as Commander of the Division on September 4.

Before his appointment, Ashram served as Deputy-Commander of the Division, since February 2019. The superintendent said he will be working assiduously to keep the crime rate low as did his predecessor, Linden Lord, who was transferred as Commander of D’ Division, West Demerara.

“My plan for the Division is to continue as my predecessors did to fight crime, since currently, we have a 20% reduction in all crimes… as the new Commander, I will continue with the education programme as it relates to traffic, crime, enforcement, mass patrols, roads blocks, stop and search, raids and eradication of marijuana fields,” he said.

Superintendent Ashram is responsible for the establishment of the mobile police outpost at Bamia, which allows for a 24-hour patrol by ranks. He said this outpost has contributed to the reduction in crime. The superintendent explained, before the establishment of outpost at the location there were instances when suspects were able to evade the police before they could be apprehended. The Soesdyke-Linden Highway is the primary route out of Linden, and while there is a police outpost at Amelia’s Ward, there are many alternative routes that can be used by suspects to avoid ranks there.

In addition to being a crime-fighting mechanism, ranks posted at the Bamia mobile outpost also monitors speeding and reckless drivers. All the necessary systems were put in place to accommodate ranks at the outpost, comfortably.

Ashram said he will be taking a more preventative approach to crime-fighting through social programmes, to develop a rapport with stakeholders and residents. These include school programmes, community outreaches, youth programmes, among others. This will be done in collaboration with regional officials, the Community Policing Group and Rural Constables.

Making his job easier is the new state-of-the-art facility that was commissioned a few months ago. The spacious, well equipped and comfortable police station, he said, is conducive for crime-fighting and ranks are performing their duties more effectively.


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