By Jomo Paul
[www.inewsguyana.com] – 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.