Serious crimes decline

GINA GUYANA, September 9, 2016

The Guyana Police Force (GPF) has recorded an 18 percent decrease in serious crimes at the end of August, when compared to the same period last year for which 12 percent was recorded.

Information provided by the Guyana Police Force (GPF) through a press release stated that; there was a 1o percent reduction in reports of murder; seven percent decrease in gun-related robberies; a 17 percent decrease in armed robberies where other instruments were used; a nine percent decrease in robberies where no instruments were used and a 19 percent decrease in robberies with violence.

The statement added that there was a combined 40 percent decrease in break and enter and larceny, and burglary; a 20 percent decrease in rape; and a 38 percent decrease in larceny from the person.

The release stated that the relationship between the force and the public is improving significantly, because of the numerous community-related activities being conducted by ranks, together with the regular Face-the-Community Meetings by divisional commanders and other senior officers.

Acting Police Commissioner, David  Ramnarine

Acting Police Commissioner, David Ramnarine

Earlier last month, Minister of Public Security Khemraj Ramjattan had told the Government Information Agency (GINA) that, “It is largely the increased patrols in areas and the information gathering mechanism from within the communities and even in the city and that has come about because of more trust in the police force by members of the community.”

The release also pointed out that training both locally and internationally, continues to be a top priority at all levels of the force. To date, 87 officers and other ranks have benefitted from overseas training from India, China, the United States (US), Russia, Argentina and Jamaica.

Ranks were exposed to training in the area of Financial Investigation, Fingerprinting Identification, Maritime Interdiction and Prosecution, Countering Organised Crime, Public Order Maintenance, Cyber Training, Footwear Impression and Identification, Counteraction against Terrorism and Extremism, and Surveillance and Counter Surveillance. Currently there are over 260 ranks undergoing the Basic Recruit Training at the three police colleges.

“We have also been receiving a lot of help through the Justice Education Society of Canada in terms of training, building capacity for investigators in the CID. They have a two-year contract and that’s going pretty well… we about a hundred and some ranks trained so far,” acting Commissioner of Police, David Ramnarine said during a recent interview with GINA.

The acting Commissioner also identified the Caribbean Basin Security Initiative (CBSI) and local organisations as giving much needed training to ranks of the GPF since the current administration took office.

The Cops and Faith Community Network continues to assist significantly in invigilating and marking of the Learner Driver Theoretical Examinations.

In terms of Juvenile Offenders, to date, 320 of such cases were dealt with countrywide, including one 189 males and 132 females, who have been spared the ignominy of the Criminal Justice System, due to intervention from the complainants/reporter, victims and police.

Road fatalities

Meanwhile, on the issue of traffic management, the GPF has yet again seen an increase in road fatalities, with 87 fatalities recorded at the end of August this year, seven more than the same period last year.

However, there was a reduction in serious and minor accidents, but again an increase in damage accidents. Speeding, driving under the influence of alcohol and inattentiveness continue to be the main causes of fatal accidents. Traffic enforcement is continuous countrywide, with special emphasis on driving under the influence of alcohol, speeding, music/breach of condition of road service licence, overloaded minibuses and use of cellular phones while driving. Also the lecture to schools programme, and visible patrols at school areas are ongoing.

The GPF said it charged 48,585 persons with traffic offences thus far this year. This includes 18,053 for speeding of which 7,133 have been fined; 1,168 for driving under the influence of alcohol, with 268 being fined; 1,108 for unlicenced drivers of which 631 were fined; 2,016 for overloaded minibus, 872 of whom were fined and 476 for using cell phones whist driving, 268 of whom have been fined.