Ranks of the Guyana Police Force (GPF) 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.
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 per cent 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.”
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.”
Among those ranks awarded for their outstanding work and bravery was the group of officers who had confronted and arrested three bandits who were in the process of robbing a supermarket at Grove, East Bank of Demerara (EBD) last month after tying up a security guard.
Additionally, the group of officers who investigated and brought to justice the culprits of the horrific piracy attacks off the coast of Suriname were also rewarded for their diligent work.
Meanwhile, 22 Community Policing Groups (CPG) across the country were recognised for their service, while 24 CPG ranks received a total of $240, 000 in monetary rewards for their volunteer work.
Additionally, there was an on the spot announcement of promotions, elevating five ranks including four females.