The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of the Guyana Police Force (GPF) as of recent has been in the spotlight frequently for its successes in solving murders and cold cases.
In light of this, the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) today stated that the CID now “appears to be listening finally to civilians and not believing that they know it all.”
According to the Opposition political Party there was a time when much of what a civilian said to assist was ignored and disregarded to the detriment of successful investigation and prosecution.
“Making effective use of human intelligence and civilian common sense is the way to go. Dispersing CID sleuths to areas where useful information can be obtained is proving to be productive and effective. Also, making judicious and selective use of informants with well established networks and connections should not be underestimated…but, at all times police investigators must uphold the ethics and rules of good professional policing,” the PPP contends.
The PPP posited that “closer and closer collaboration” between the Special Branch and CID operatives has been on the agenda for the longest while; however, it now appears to have been finally consummated.
“Special Branch is the main intelligence gathering unit of the GPF. Their work must be fused with criminal intelligence if continued success is to be assured. (Crime Chief) Wendell Blanhum and his team at CID, are to be commended,” the PPP said.
According to the party, Blanhum should be considered for promotion immediately being elevated from the post of Senior Superintendent to Assistant Commissioner of Police.
“The Crime Chief must at all times be of the rank of an Assistant Commissioner. However, Blanhum must at all times refuse instructions and directives of a non-professional and political nature. Blanhum’s successes puts paid to the track record of the former Crime Chief on crime solving,” the PPP added. (Kristen Macklingam)