More roadblocks & patrols but crime not out of control

From L - R: Commander of 'A' Division, Clifton Hicken; Traffic Chief, Dion Moore and Crime Chief, Wendell Blanhum.

By Jomo Paul

From L - R: Commander of 'A' Division, Clifton Hicken; Traffic Chief, Dion Moore and Crime Chief, Wendell Blanhum.
From L – R: Commander of ‘A’ Division, Clifton Hicken; Traffic Chief, Dion Moore and Crime Chief, Wendell Blanhum.

[] – The Guyana Police Force has revealed its plan of action to prevent crimes for the holidays but affirms that crime is not out of control.

Police Commander of ‘A’ Division, Clifton Hicken on Friday, November 13 revealed that the police will be pursuing a slew of actions to curb crime. Among those, the police will be focusing on more foot and vehicular patrols at hotspots, more roadblocks and better response timing.

“With the phone line sometimes it might be engaged and frustration steps in – call the commander,” he stated. For this period, ‘A’ Division has been divided into five sectors to better enable supervision.

Hicken made it clear that the police will not be waiting until something happens in a community before the police responds but rather will be taking a proactive approach.

“We are not going to wait until something happens then swarm the community. We are going into the communities now and nipping it in the bud,” he stated.

Crime Chief Wendell Blanhum stated that despite what is being peddled by some sections of the media, crime is not spiraling out of control.

The Crime Chief provided empirical data that indicated crime is actually low when compared to other post election period over the last decade.

“All these headlines that we are bombarded with that crime is spiraling out of control is nothing short of absurd,” said the Crime Chief later adding “based on these figures the only logical conclusion is that crime is not spiraling out of control and we are not in those dark days.”

Traffic Chief, Dion Moore said that the police force intends to ensure stricter enforcement of traffic laws, with emphasis being placed on minibuses and hire cars for carrying more than the prescribed amount of passengers.

Further, the police force will be towing away more vehicles and placing wheel clamps on others. More breathalyzer and speed guns are also expected to be put into action.

During the lunch period there will also be an increase in the amount of traffic officers on the road.



  1. Unbelievable.! Crime not out of control? Ok lets see why.There you go only one group of people are targeted and attack. So who cares .

  2. I agree blackhorse, these people got to be mad to say that crime is not out of control. It’s everyday, what else has to happen for them to say oh yes now its out of control, they must be mad its crazy whats happening and they have the audacity to say to the public crime is not out of control what am I missing

  3. Crime is out of control! I don’t see how more roadblocks would help. I live on the east coast and I am tired of being stopped when I got up and down on the same day or night. it has been so bad that I was once stopped and asked to step out of the vehicle because I did not want to leave $2,000.00 (bribe) for doing nothing but driving on the road, have them search my vehicle and not answering where I work or give them my home address. I am one of those Guyanese who do not trust the police.
    My house was robbed and the matter was reported to the police. However, the criminals, my neighbours, were friends with my other name, a policeman. I never got justice. I have made several reports to a certain police station about noise nuisance, only to be told that my complaint cannot be received over the telephone nor can the police come to the scene.
    I am tired of being harassed by the police. All young people are not criminals. I am a female and I do not want to give the police my address or tell them where I work. I do not trust the police in this country.
    They stop you to ask for a bribe until they realise it’s the wrong vehicle. I am just tired of the harassment. Even my brother has been stopped and harassed because he drives a nice car. it’s not his car. It belongs to our parents.

    If you must stop me at a roadblock, please be courteous and mindful that I am a human being. Do not assume that the vehicle that I drive was earned with dirty money. There are very hardworking people living in Guyana. I am sure that the police know who the criminals are. Do not make life in Guyana any more unpleasant. Being harassed by the police (I mean having a greater police presence) will not make the society safer, if the police cannot acknowledge that crime is a problem in Guyana.

  4. Crime is not out of control, until it hits home to those making these dumb statements only then the tune will play on the flip side, not one of the people suffering at the hands of criminals are related to police or ministers, we all cryed foul at Rohee doing a bad job what has changed NOTHING,,,,crime is going to get worse, NO JOBS,LESS DRUG MONEY spending,NUFF BIG GUNS and plenty amo, people have to live ,,,

  5. hope you stop the cg motorcycles at these road blocks…you will be amazed at the amount of crime that will be prevented and the number of criminals you will capture.

  6. As far as I am concerned it is out of control. Almost every day a robbery is taking place. I am so afraid of visiting Guyana as so many overseas visitors are targeted and attacked. However, I am pleased that the police will be going into communities and nipping it in the bud.
    It’s Great that emphasis will be placed on minibuses and hire cars.
    Once, when I expressed my views in a packed minibus i was sworn at and told if I don’t like it I should ge out of the bus. Well of course I got out of the bus.
    Attitudes attitudes of some and you know what lots of problems in Guyana is down to the attitudes and arrogance of many.


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