[ww.inewsguyana.com] – The Guyana Police Force (GPF) has been solving a greater percentage of crime and this has been attributed to a reshuffling of resources, and the use of intelligence, says Crime Chief Wendell Blanhum.
Through these measures, Blanhum said that more cases are being cracked, as he cited one that evoked a lot of condemnation.
“We had a lot of criticisms about the Crum-Ewing murder probe, but finally we got a breakthrough. The suspect is before the court.”
Other successes include the dismantling of the East Bank Demerara -based 15- member gang headed by a man accused of murder. This unit was disbanded and its leader killed during a police operation to apprehend them.
Another gang, which targeted customers of banking establishments was also dismantled due to intelligence driven efforts, the Crime Chief explained.
“We dented that group, we were able to prosecute members of that group…we are still doing investigations to see if we can charge them for other offences.”
This year has also resulted in the second highest rate of seizure for illegal firearms within the last five years, according to the Crime Chief, with 98 being removed from the streets thus far. He said that in 2012, 102 illegal firearms were seized.
“We are doing well in terms of our seizure rate, in terms of firearms”.
The guns seized are in addition to those handed in by citizens during the recently concluded firearms amnesty programme spearheaded by the Ministry of Home Affairs.
The success rate of intercepting drug traffickers is also increasing with new methodologies being used to capture persons seeking to transport illegal narcotics through various ports of exit. For the Crime Chief, “a lot is going on, and the force will continue to step up its efforts.”
He urged that members of the public continue their cooperation with the Police Force in its crime fighting efforts since “crime has no face and affects everyone.”
The public is a key part in the fight against crime, he emphasised and all information provided will be treated with the strictest confidence. [GINA]