Why are the police silent on suicide, rape? Granger says this shouldn’t be

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By Kurt Campbell

Opposition Leader, David Granger [left], Shadow Home Affairs Minister, Winston Felix
Opposition Leader, David Granger [left], Shadow Home Affairs Minister, Winston Felix
[www.inewsguyana.com] – Opposition Leader David Granger has again expressed alarm at the rising rate of violent crimes in Guyana; observing that  data in relation to suicide, rape and other deaths (river and piracy) are not usually made available.

He criticized the Guyana Police Force (GPF) in this regard. The GPF has been consistent in disseminating monthly reports on serious and other crimes and traffic offenses in the country but have failed to reveal statistics in relation to suicide and rape.

The Opposition Leader believes journalists must also apply pressure on the Force to ensure that such information is fed to the populace.

“I am of the view that when journalist go to these press briefings they must ask searching questions of the police, ask them to report on suicide, deaths by piracy and if they don’t report then say they could not report,” Granger said.

He added “The Police must report on all the data that surround these violent crimes so we don’t have to guess. We must know how many rapes have been reported and how many persons have died and not do our own calculations.”

Acting Police Commissioner, Seelall Persaud. [iNews' Photo]
Acting Police Commissioner, Seelall Persaud. [iNews’ Photo]
According to Granger, the police must provide a full statement every month to the media, something that is not happening presently.

Granger said while the GPF occasionally releases partial statistics on violent crimes, the President and Minister of Home Affairs have been silent too on the current surge in violent crimes over the period Jan – Sept 2014.

Yesterday, Head of the Presidential Secretariat Dr. Roger Luncheon, while challenging recent reports in the media on Guyana’s suicide rate, said there continue to be calls at Cabinet for the raw numbers to be released but those calls have not been unanimous.

Meanwhile, Former Police Commissioner Winston Felix told the news conference this morning that he supports the Leader of the Opposition even as he too called for the raw data in relation to rape and suicide to be made public.

“I think we [the police] have come a long way. The police have not been accustomed to revealing the sort of information they are revealing now, the organization has grown but probably not as rapidly as the public would expect,” Felix added.  

He said the information that is being provided now was not being done prior to 1992, “so even at the managerial levels your Editors and so should interact with the Commissioner and develop an understanding of the need for data to be put in the public domain.”

Efforts to secure a comment from the Police Commissioner (ag) Seelall Persaud proved futile.

 

 

 

 

 

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  1. buggery is a crime too grainjuh dont fuget duh …one one year on security issues with government..call off your dogs…see how people wont want to kill self no mo..
    is it not criminal when a politician can tamper with evidence at a murder scene?
    is it now criminal when former commissioner of police and pnc lawyer caught in tape saying they will plant drugs on a poor woman when she arrive at the airport and among other criminal things being discussed during a massacre?
    is it not criminal when a politician can order his pnc thugs to lock down a major public road military style then proceeded to beat rob sexually molest once ethnic group of people?
    tell yourself grainjuha that your pnc cant win no election in guyana with your 30% supporters..
    its a crime also to threaten violence when elections dont go in your favor.
    its a crime also to hold street protest and march after elections are declared free fair transparent.
    its a crime to be on the side of law breakers especially those that bugger small kids and evade taxes.
    its a crime to be standing there with former commissioner of police knowing his past record..
    its a crime not to come clean with the guyanese people and tell the who really murdered Rodney and those who were trying to stop you from fetching ballot boxes..

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