Renewed public trust in police has resulted in reduction in crimes – Minister Ramjattan

Georgetown, GINA, May 6, 2016

Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan has stated that the renewed public confidence in the Guyana Police Force (GPF) and other law enforcement agencies is among factors credited for crime reduction. The Minister was at the time addressing the National Assembly on May 4, 2016.

“Trust in the law enforcement was the lowest when we got in here in May (2015). It is improving now and you cannot deny that, it is because of that trust being regained, we have a huge set of members of the community coming forward with information on the evidence and the witness statements and all of that so that we can solve the crimes … Today we are in a far superior position in relation to crime solving,” Minister Ramjattan stated.

Referring to the statistics issued by the GPF, presenting the breakdown of the reduction in crimes for the year 2016, the Minister stated that the new relation between the community and the police has resulted in several cases being cracked. He credited this success to the new measures and initiatives implemented.

“Look where we were in the graphs that we did, it is coming down, right down, 199 literally, but what we had some time ago was 373, 341, 311 per month and you must appreciate that, do not play political football with the statistics.”

The statistics released by the police are as follows:

 

 Month 2011-2012 2012-2013 2013-2014 2014-2015 2015-2016
May 302 320 348 304 323
June 298 296 355 312 353
July 288 270 367 322 356
August 291 307 352 292 362
September 340 306 347 262 301
October 317 354 383 343 327
November 316 329 375 293 303
December 304 307 334 302 296
January 320 353 343 297 280
February 325 328 312 309 253
March 311 339 292 357 292
April 299 323 311 341 199

Minister Ramjattan told the National Assembly that the government is concerned over the crime situation; however he assured (the National Assembly) that everything possible is being employed to further reduce crime.

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