[www.inewsguyana.com] – The Guyana Police Force (GPF) has not taken too kindly the suggestion by former President, Donald Ramotar for the Guyana Defence Force (GDF) to join the Police Force in its fight against “spiraling crime.”
The GPF in a statement issued on November 18 reiterated that crime is not out of control in Guyana, basing this on recent statistics. Ramotar made the call for the Army to join in the crime fight, following the brazen robbery of Assistant Commissioner of Police, Leslie James.
“It is unfortunate that the press statement gave the impression that in view of the recent armed robbery committed on an Assistant Commissioner of Police, that any citizen should feel vulnerable. Our view is that such a statement is mistaken and does not fit into the context,” the GPF noted.
The Force is reminding citizens that under the Constitution they have a fundamental right to defend themselves and property. The statement further noted that serious crimes statistics indicate that there has been an 8% increase for the period January 01, 2015, to October 31, 2015, when compared to the same period in 2014; and for the same period in 2013, an increase of 0.2%.
“Notwithstanding the 8% increase this year, the significant efforts of the police regarding the arrest and prosecution of several high profile groups of criminals and the use of intelligence and investigative skills which led to the solving of a number of serious crimes, including murders and armed robberies dating back to 2013, were highlighted in the recent presentation by the Head CID.”
The Force reiterated that inrecent instances when the GDF was called out in support of the Police, it was with the aim of giving assurance to the members of the public and confidence boosting, and not because the police was overwhelmed by the crime situation.
“Of particular note is that the most recent deployment of the GDF in support of the GPF was during March and April this year, prior to the last General and Regional Elections which is historically a period punctuated with high tension and general unease in the public domain. The deployment for that period, which was a joint Army/Police initiative, served its purpose,” the GPF statement noted.