By Fareeza Haniff
[www.inewsguyana.com] – The government says it is sending a strong message to the criminal underworld that all State assets at its disposal will be used to support the Guyana Police Force to effectively tackle the out of control crime situation in the country.
At a post cabinet media briefing at the Ministry of the Presidency on Wednesday, July 08, Minister of State, Joseph Harmon announced that a draft anti crime strategy has been completed, which encompasses more resources and technical support for the Police Force to confront the situation.
These include more CCTV cameras across the country and the use of “horses and dogs” to track criminals, Harmon said.
“The draft strategy will flesh out by the Vice President [Khemraj Ramjattan] and refined by the Commissioner of Police to ensure that citizens in this country are safe and the criminals, criminal underworld and intellectual authors of criminal activity understand that this government has a very strong resolve to root our crime wherever it exists in Guyana,” the Minister of State said.
Some aspects of the anti crime strategy includes the police administration and the requirement to identify incidents of criminal activity across the 10 regions, to determine where it was committed.
According to Harmon, protection of Guyana’s borders will be increased since it is believed that the high incidents of gun crimes is due to the fact that Guyana shares a very long border with countries that actually produce small arms weapons.
“And therefore our strategy will include border control activities as well as activities involving the Guyana Revenue Authority in relation to the way in which goods and services are imported into the country.”
The strategy also deals with police organization and training, deployment of ranks, the response time to complaints made and the operation of the 911 system which will all be subject to “serious review.”
“The police ability to be able to go up in the air, to utilize aircraft, helicopters to actually overlook certain terrain… not only in land but acts of piracy on the high seas,” are also included in the draft plan.
According to Harmon, the Police communication will be improved significantly by the use of the internet, computers and by access to CCTV.
“Criminals have no place, have no home; we will go after them relentlessly with every tool, every asset of the State and that the criminals and their handlers will understand that the State will not sit idly by and allow them to run riot on the streets of this country. We’re sending a clear signal, a clear message to all and sundry that wherever the intelligence lead takes us, we’re going to follow it and there will be no sacred cows where this matter is concerned,” the Minister of State concluded.
On Tuesday, President David Grange met with the Minister of Public Security and members of the Police Force and Guyana Defence Force, where the draft anti crime strategy was crafted.