By Jomo Paul
[www.inewsguyana.com] – The Guyana Government has launched a massive anti-crime and counter terrorism operation dubbed ‘Operation Dragnet’ aimed at making Guyana a safer place.
Minister of State, Joseph Harmon on Thursday December 02, told reporters that the operation commenced since December 01, and would see extensive patrolling from the joint services – Guyana Police Force (GPF) and the Guyana Defence Force (GDF).
“Operation dragnet is a joint services operation in which the joint services will conduct intensified security operations in Guyana from December 1 2015 until June 2016,” Harmon told reporters at a post cabinet media briefing at the Ministry of the Presidency.
According to the Minister of State, besides the current crime situation, the Government was briefed on terrorist activities internationally over the last few months.
“We should not consider ourselves exempt from such threats,” said Harmon.
With Operation Dragnet, Harmon said that there will be an “enhanced national security environment.”
This will be accentuated by an increased presence of the joint services at Guyana’s borders, intensified scrutiny from Immigration Officers at the ports of entry and an increased presence of police presence on Guyana’s streets.
“The Commissioner of Police has given the assurance that all persons not engaged in core functions will be deployed to give an increased robust presence,” said Harmon.
It was noted that given the usual increase of business activities during the Christmas period, the Government felt the need to implement such a plan and give the private sector the assurance of security.
Referring to the terrorist aspect, Harmon pointed to the discussions of terrorism in Trinidad and Tobago. He said that terrorism knows no borders hence the government is being proactive in its response.
“We are not waiting for something to happen…We are putting in place arrangements which would make the citizenry secure,” said Harmon.