[www.inewsguyana.com] – The Guyana Police Force, in a response to one of the daily newspapers, has defended the Firearm Amnesty Programme; rejecting any assertion that it was a “failure” and sees it as “a huge success.”
The Guyana Police Force hosted a forum yesterday, Tuesday October 13, 2015, at the Tagore Memorial Secondary School, Corentyne, Berbice, where the Commissioner of Police Mr. Seelall Persaud “did say that the Police Force did not expect that criminals using firearms to rob persons as their only means of providing for themselves would turn in the firearms.”
According to the police release, “He also said that, similarly, it was not expected that drug traffickers and persons involved in organized crime and who use firearms to protect their interests would turn in the firearms.
“However, the Commissioner of Police emphasised that the 171 firearms that had been turned in so far can no longer get into the hands of persons with criminal intent, nor can they be used to harm persons in moments of anger by persons who had possession of them.”
The release added “that can no way support a conclusion, as alluded to in the (newspaper) article, that the Firearm Amnesty Programme was a failure.”