Sensationalism does not mean increase in crime

Police Commissioner Leslie James 

By Felecia Valenzuela

DPI, Guyana, Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Police Commissioner Leslie James on Monday debunked claims that there is an increase in crime locally. Speaking at a media briefing, Commissioner James said, “The police administration, we, have noted statements made about crimes in Guyana, about crime statistics… there has been no upsurge in crime, there has been a few sensational crimes.”

Commissioner of Police Leslie James addresses a media conference at the Police Headquarter, Eve Leary.

In addition, the Commissioner stated that according to police statistics, “we are operating at a minus point 2 per cent,” compared to the corresponding period last year.

The commissioner of Police told members of the local media that he specifically called the press conference with the intention of setting the record straight.

Adding that those very incidents were reported by some members of the media.

Commissioner James advised that the Guyana Police Force is concerned about every occurrence of crime, however he assured the population, visitors and residents abroad that crime in Guyana is not on the increase.

Further, James informed that he had spoken with an official of the U.S Embassy, about that country’s recent travel advisory on Guyana, indicating that crimes reported to the Embassy were not reported to the Police.

The Commissioner also encouraged members of the public to file complaints when they receive “lackluster” response after calling 911.  “There are channels in the Force to which complaints can be made,” he noted.

With regards to the accident on the Agricola Main Road, East Bank Demerara, which claimed the life of 7-year-old Ciara Benjamin, Commissioner James said that investigation is ongoing and the driver of the sand truck is in custody assisting the police with its investigation.

He also advised strongly against vigilante justice and noted that those persons who caused injuries to the driver of the truck will be identified, charged and taken before the courts.

Image: Marceano Narine.

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