By Leroy Smith
[www.inewsguyana.com] – Deputy Superintendent of Police and Divisional Detective of ‘B’ Division Terrence Paul has reported a 19% decrease in serious crimes in the division.
According to Paul, between January to October of this year, when compared to the same period for 2013, ranks in the division have found that they have been doing fairly well in reducing the rate of serious crimes.
There have also been decreases in the most prevalent offences in the country and by extension the division, namely break and enter and larceny, rape and robbery with violence.
With respect to the fight against the sale, use and cultivation of illicit drugs, Paul believes that the division is on top of its game, given the many raids, discoveries and prosecutions being carried out.
He said that ranks, especially those on patrol, have been working in the division for some time now and are familiar with the various hide out points and other places that drug pushers would operate from and congregate.
Those places are raided and based on intelligence the police often become aware of places where cannabis is cultivated and those areas are visited, fields destroyed and offenders taken into custody and placed before the Courts.
The police have also been increasing their presence in areas where they notice that crimes are being committed frequently.
The Corentyne Coast is the area that poses most of the problem for the police with respect to criminal activities and according to Deputy Superintendent Paul, a very condign approach has been adopted to address the issues while not offending the law abiding citizens.
The division has listed the Corentyne as the most troubled area while in New Amsterdam the police have been able to get a grip which has seen a reduction in serious crimes.
The reason for that has been the prevalence of ranks in almost every street via way of patrol. With respect to the Corentyne the areas are stretched out and very hard to police even as the division has been coming up with various methods to address deficiencies whenever those arise and loopholes are discovered.
On the West Coast of Berbice the B Division police have also been having some issues there especially with regards to break and entry crimes. Recently however, the police have also been able to bring the situation there under control with some new methods of policing the various communities along the area.
Another plus for the police in B Division is its successful efforts in soliciting the help of the general public in sharing information with the police.
According to the Divisional Detective, they are looking to achieve a 50% rate in crime solving in the division but it all comes back to the witnesses cooperating, the information is flowing but the appearances are not he added.
Repeat offenders is a huge challenge for the division and most crimes in the division is being committed between persons ages 17 and 27. However the police in the division have vowed to continue their fight against crime as they strive to serve and protect the citizenry.