PPP launches scathing attack against Police Commissioner on crime issue

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Commissioner of Police, Seelall Persaud and former President, Donald Ramotar

General Secretary of the PPP, Clement Rohee. [iNews' Photo]
General Secretary of the PPP, Clement Rohee. [iNews’ Photo]
[www.inewsguyana.com] – The People’s Progressive Party (PPP) spared no effort in taking Police Commissioner, Seelall Persaud to task over recent comments he made about the crime situation in Guyana.

The Opposition in a press statement on Wednesday, September 02, criticized Persaud’s comments in a local newspaper where he allegedly noted that the crimes in Guyana are “politically influenced.”

According to the statement, “The PPP finds the Commissioner’s statements most surprising in light of the fact that whilst the PPP/C was in office the GPF never found it necessary to make such a statement even though the PPP/C administration had repeatedly pointed to the fact that the crime situation in Guyana was strongly influenced by the PNC and had provided facts to prove its claim. These facts were reported time and again and the sitting Commissioner of Police is aware of them.”

The article in the Guyana Times alleged that the Commissioner highlighted three major incidents of crime that recently occurred which he concluded was politically influenced.

According to the article, he referred to the robbery in Campbelville where Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan’s neighbour Geetanjalie Ramotar was brutalised and tape bound by bandits, indicating that this situation raises suspicion.

“From all our experience in criminal operations, they (bandits) don’t have time for that (scotch-tape victims), they don’t have time to do that. The other thing too, tell me; when something like that is going on, why would somebody try to photograph that person rather than to help them. The Minister was one of the first people to go over. They didn’t call the Police, they called the Minister and the Minister called the Police. So someone took that photo prior to. So you believe that any rational thinking person would come to mind that you know, take a photograph instead of calling a Police. The other thing, the Police asked how they got in the house. They were informed that the men break the padlock…On to now, the padlock cannot be produced. So you have situations like that that inflames…and it makes it bigger than it is,” the article quoted the Police Commissioner as saying.

The report further quoted Persaud as saying that the PPP is “undermining the efforts of the GPF to fight crime and generating the perception that crime is spiraling out of control.”

Police Commissioner, Seelall Persaud.
Police Commissioner, Seelall Persaud.

In response, the PPP noted the Commissioner’s statement “is not only disingenuous but appears as though the GPF is stuck in the denial mode. The police themselves have admitted that there has been a ten percent increase in serious crimes as well as murders not to mention crimes committed with the use of a firearm all of which are clear indications that the situation has indeed spiraled out of control.

“No police force in the world would ever admit that the crime situation in their jurisdiction is out of control. Such an admission would of necessity demand the dismissal of the Commissioner of Police.”

The statement further noted, “However, Commissioner Seelall Persaud must know that rather than jumping on the bandwagon as if there is a threat to his security of tenure, on the contrary here in Guyana for a sitting Commissioner of Police there is no threat of job security.”

“Speaking of public trust and confidence, the Commissioner of Police must know that this twin phenomenon must be earned and not to be taken for granted. Especially in the current circumstances where the crime situation has reached unacceptable proportions.

“To talk about building trust and confidence and at the same time undermining and lending support to the Ministry of Public Security’s efforts to dismantle the Community Policing Groups and the Community Policing Organisation in Guyana is not only contradictory but undermines the very trust and confidence which the GPF purports to enjoy from the Guyanese public.

“The PPP never sold nor bought crime as a political football, indeed it was the current administration which the Commissioner now seeks to defend that did so and more so, since the PNC itself was known to be associated with the criminal underworld. Police records can attest to this fact.”

The statement concluded, “The PPP therefore rejects these most unfortunate and unsubstantiated statements and conclusions by the Commissioner of Police and call on him to resist all attempts to colour his views politically and to make him feel obliged to make statements.”

11 COMMENTS

  1. Seelall is a weakling. He will never talk about the real crime spree following the 05 jail break. Seelall know why he has to attack PPP/C.

  2. EMILE MERVIN , YOUR BOY PROFESSOR CLIVE THOMAS CLAIMED THAT DR. JAGDEO AND HIS FRIENDS STOLE THREE HUNDRED BILLION A YEAR FROM THE TREASURY. NOW YOU BOIL DOWN TO HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS . AT THE RATE YOU ARE GOING IT WILL SOON BOIL DOWN TO ZERO. WHAT A COLOSSAL WASTE OF YOUR IMAGINATION ! IT MAY VERY WELL BE THAT SOME OF YOU AND YOUR BOYS WILL END UP IN JAIL FOR CORRUPTION JUST LKE THE RUSSIAN ANTI- CORRUPTION MAYOR WHO WAS RECENTLY SENTENCED TO FIVE YEARS IN PRISON . FOR WHAT ? YES FOR CORRUPTION . BEWARE OF THOSE WHO CONTINUOUSLY SHOUT “THIEF ! THIEF !” MANY OF THEM MIGHT BE BIG THIEVES THEMSELVES . AND THAT INCLUDES YOU ,EMILE MERVIN .

  3. ABby so why in the 23 yrs of lawlessness the ppp did not charge,accuse,or anything. Its taking to dam long to serve justice,the pnc is history the PPP is very BAD news,CRIME,DRUGS,RAPE,and the list goes on.forget the political fools start thinking of how much you can do for a better way of life,

  4. Why are members of the PPP/C parliamentarians, making comments on topics like the crime wave, money disclosure and other subjects, no one dared to question when they were in office? There is no SHAME to their display!

  5. This commissioner has fallen into the trap of the politicians ,why is he getting in the mess of politics is beyond me,but then again it shows the weaknesses of the people in charge of institutions in Guyana,how can he say that crime is not on the rise ? how can he say that he knows who are involve in certain activities?you are the commissioner you fool,if you know who are involve do something about it.

  6. The COP more so than most knows what actually happened and what needs to be done! The PPP is at its best pit bull behavior – attacking everything that does not suit their agenda!

  7. Emile
    You conveniently FAIL the mention the how the PNC Regime LOOTED the Guyana Treasury for 30 Years under the Burnham DICTATORSHIP.
    When will the New PNC Regime investigate the LOOT money that was stolen by Finance Minister HOPE to build his mansion in Connecticut USA
    The HYPOCRACY is blatant!

  8. I have said before and repeat: THE PPP IS A CRIME SYNDICATE! IF THE LAW CANNOT REIN IN THE PPP, THEN LAWLESSNESS BECOMES THE ANTIDOTE! The PPP has ripped off hundred of millions of dollars from the treasury and it has tons of money to burn on all sorts of nefarious and anti-social activities with a political bend. No way under the sun and moon should the PPP ever get back into power, At least not with Jagdeo and Rohee, the twin political masterminds.

  9. The Commissioner need to resigned right now, for according to his pronouncement he knows what is going on, he is a real dunce…
    Could he have the guts to say the same when the APNU/ AFC was out of power,

  10. THE COMMISSIONER IS NOT SO CLEVERLY TRYING TO KEEP HIS JOB. THE PPP/C IS THE EYEPASS FOR THESE MORAL /INTELLECTUAL WEAKLINGS. SO NOBODY MUST TAKE PHOTOGRAPHS OF VICTIMS-SOMETHING WHICH TAKES ABOUT THREE SECONDS WITH A CELL PHONE ? A VERY POOR COMMISSIONER IS MR. SEELALL PERSAUD .

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