[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.”
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.”