GPF Ranks recognised for their crime-fighting efforts

DPI, Guyana, Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Ranks of the Guyana Police Force (GPD) were today recognised for their efforts in the fight against crime across the nation.

During a simple ceremony at the Tactical Service Training Unit as part of the Force’s 179th-anniversary celebrations, ranks were presented trophies and monetary awards for their service.

Assistant Commissioner of Police (ag), David Ramnarine commended ranks of the GPF for their hard work. He highlighted that it was through their efforts, the force saw a decrease in crime as compared to the same period last year.

According to the commissioner, the police force saw a 17 percent reduction in serious crime as compared to the same period last year. “There were 3,181 reports of serious crimes between July 2016 and June 2017, compared with 2,656 reports between July 2017 and June 2018.”

The statics for the same comparative period show that there was a 32 percent decrease in murders, robbery under arms with the use of a firearm saw a 14 percent decrease, robbery under arms with the use of other instruments 28 percent, robbery with the use of violence 18 percent, larceny from the person 39 percent, burglary 8 percent and break and enter with larceny 18 percent decrease.

Commissioner Ramnarine stated that of the 44 murders reported for the first half of 2018, 36 of them have been solved.

He reiterated the force’s commitment to serve and protect and called on ranks to use their good judgement.

“Let us continue faithfully. The future is promising. Let us give our best, let us remain unmoved and not be distracted by adverse criticism. Let us strive to conduct ourselves beyond reproach.”

Other ranks were given promotions for their services.

By: Anara Khan

Images: Jules Gibson