By Kurt Campbell
[www.inewsguyana.com] – With the expected increase in commercial activities as the Christmas season rings in, the Guyana Police Force (GPF) has once again unveiled a massive plan to curb crime and traffic congestions, beginning November 15, 2014 to January 15, 2015.
Increased vigilance is promise as criminal acts are expected during the impending season.
In relation to crime, Crime Chief Leslie James said the police’s strategy includes maintenance of intelligence – led posture, collaboration with community policing officers and the private sector along with stop and search operations by anti – crime units, monitoring of commercial hubs, road blocks and monitoring of choke points.
Meanwhile, ‘A’ Division Commander Clifton Hicken explained that there are special arrangements for the Capital, Georgetown and by extension the division which is home to 41% of Guyana’s population.
Georgetown has been divided in five sectors, each manned by a Deputy Superintendent along with cadets and other ranks, to ensure efficacy in the operations.
Hicken has promised increased patrols, including foot patrols; efforts to deal with noise nuisance; raids will continue and 11 temporary police booths will be set up across the City to deter criminals and make commuters and shoppers feel comfortable.
The public can also expect to receive daily crime tips even as the police move to engage stakeholders and continue outreach activities with communities.
Hicken praised community partnership in the crime solving and preventing process; saying that over the last months this partnership has resulted in more firearm and ammunition seizures along with the discovery of drugs and other illegal substances.
There are also arrangements in place to address the traffic situation.
The police remain concerned about driving under the influence, speeding and illegal parking and says this will not be tolerated. This Christmas security plan has recorded success over the years.