By Fareeza Haniff
[www.inewsguyana.com] – Vice President and Minister of Public Security, Khemraj Ramjattan has assured that efforts are being made to tackle the increased spike in violent crimes, currently plaguing the country.
Ramjattan gave the assurance to Cabinet on Tuesday, June 23 and according to Head of the Presidential Secretariat and Minister of State, Joseph Harmon, “immediate steps” are being taken to increase police patrols, especially in Divisions A, B, C and D, which is the Georgetown, East Bank Demerara area; Berbice, East Coast Demerara and West Demerara, East Bank Essequibo.
Harmon also noted that that resources previously identified for the Community Policing Groups will be directed towards the central task of crime fighting by the police force.
“The Vice President assured that where policemen and women were engaged in businesses that were not central to the core functions of the Police Force that they will be removed from those and be put on the streets to ensure that we have more boots on the street, that we have more policemen on the streets, that we have better response and reaction to calls which come into 911 and that generally speaking that we have a more efficient police force,” Harmon told reporters at a post cabinet media briefing on Wednesday, June 24.
He reiterated that government wants to ensure that citizens are comfortable in their homes and that “businesses can transact their business in an atmosphere of safety and that citizens generally can feel a sense of security as they go about their business.”
It was also noted that Minister Ramjattan is currently on a two day visit to Berbice, where he will tour the police stations and interact with ranks.
As of recent, there has been an increase in murder and robberies across the country. The recent crime statistics by the Police revealed that “at the end of May 2015 there was a 10% increase in serious crimes in comparison to the same period in 2014.
Among the serious crimes policed by the Force are murder, robbery under arms, robbery with violence, robbery with aggravation, larceny from the person, break and enter and larceny, burglary, rape, and kidnapping.
A total of 66 murders were recorded at the end of May 2015, which is an increase of 12% from last year. However, it should be noted that as of June 11, eight persons have been murdered.