… Encourage the public to remain safety conscious

As part of its aggressive crime-fighting strategies, Guyana Police say, it pursues those criminals who use motorcycles and bicycles to commit their criminal acts.

Some motorcycles were seized by the Police during a raid in Georgetown in March 2021

“Recognizing that people with criminal thinking have been riding motorcycles and bicycles in their robbery attacks on citizens, extensive campaigns are underway in Police Departments to replace and detain these vehicles, and arrest individuals where they are.” is relevant, ”Police said in a statement on Wednesday.
It was noted that these exercises have already resulted in the retention of a number of motorcycles and bicycles, which are being processed to determine legal ownership as well as other issues. Such campaigns took place in several communities around Georgetown and on the west bank of Demerara.
Furthermore, the Force has reassured the public that it continues to aggressively pursue crime-fighting strategies in order to maintain its mandate of public safety and security. These intelligence-led strategies include mobile, foot and bike patrols; roadblocks, raids and searches among other things; together with the support of the Neighborhood Policing Groups.

Decline in serious crime
According to the Force, these consistent operational activities have led to the overall decline of serious crime for the year to date, which fell by 29.8 per cent compared to the same period in 2020.

Three bicycle thieves caught on CCTV stealing a man at gun point

Murders fell by 22.9 per cent, with 37 homicides recorded so far compared with 48 for the same period last year.
Meanwhile, armed robberies involving firearms have fallen by 38.4 percent, while robberies with other instruments have decreased by 47.7 percent.
In relation to narcotics, Police said, his Narcotics Department has found about 122.4 kilograms of cannabis sativa (marijuana) as well as 267.2 grams of cocaine so far this year. Several people were prosecuted for the discovery of these narcotics.
Despite the relentless efforts in its crime-fighting posture, Guyana Police is reminding members of the public to stay safety-conscious, especially when going out in public.
“[The Police] encourage that, as well as other safety precautions, [persons should] trying to refrain from moving around with large amounts of cash, and avoiding routines in their movements, wherever practicable, ”detailed Wednesday’s missile.

Attack the Police
However, even as the Police are pursuing efforts to tackle lawlessness in the country, some people are facing backlash from the Police. Only recently, at least two people have been charged and laid before the courts for assaulting Police officers who tried to arrest them.
Just Tuesday, a minibus driver from Sophia, Greater Georgetown was arrested and charged following a altercation with a traffic cop. Police Constable Edwin Connelly was reported on a motorcycle patrol on Homestretch Avenue when he pulled over the minibus, which had overtaken a line of traffic.
However, after being alerted to the crime and asked to produce his license, the driver drove away and was pursued by the cop, who again intercepted him on Sheriff Street.
At that point, the driver exited the bus, proceeded to the left of the passenger of the vehicle, recovered a hug, and chased after the Constable, who ran away.
However, the driver was eventually arrested at his home in Sophia.
This incident comes on the heels of 32-year-old businessman Terrence Lynch, accused of four crimes on Monday, including assaulting a police officer and resisting arrest in connection with the incident, which occurred on April 13.
Police say that on the day in question, at about 09:55hrs, the traffic cop was performing duties with his motorcycle when he noticed a PNN5061 motor parked diagonally in the Route 42 bus park.
The site allegedly approached the vehicle and told the defendant about his crime. However, there was a dispute between the two. Further, when the Corporal attempted to arrest the defendant, he reported several cuffs to him about his body.
The businessman told the court he had a stall at the market and had been using the same car park for some time now. At that, he explained that when the officer approached him, he became angry.

During his weekly program, Issues in the News, Senior Counsel General Anil Nandlall condemns such behavior.
Nandlall acknowledged that while there is much work to be done to repair the image of Guyana Police as well as improve the professionalism and discipline of its ranks, it is the premier law enforcement agency in Guyana, and such actions cannot be condoned. .
“They may be bad, but that’s what we have, and we can’t encourage citizens to take up arms against the law enforcement agencies. This type of behavior must be devalued, condemned in the strongest possible way. When this happens, you hit the heart of Guyana as a civilized society. When the population resists and attacks the law enforcement agencies, that’s a serious thing, ”the AG asked.
In addition, the Force encourages members of the public to communicate tips and information about any criminal activity in confidence through telephone numbers: Headquarters – 226-6978 / 225-8196 and 225-2700 / 225-6411; Region One (Barima-Waini) 777-5007 / 688-7084; Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam) 771-5004 / 774-4222; Region Three (Essequibo-West Demerara Islands) 268-2338 / 2329; Region Four (Demerara-Mahaica) ‘A’ (Georgetown) 227-1149 / 225-3064 and 227-1270 / 227-1611; Region Four ‘B’ (East Bank Demerara) 608-2284 / 216-0251 / 0252/0253; Region Four ‘C’ (East Coast Demerara) 229-2700 / 2750/2019 /; Region Five (Mahaica-Berbice) 232-0313 / 232-0291; Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne) 333-2151 / 333-5564; Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni) 455-2222 / 2241/2238; Region Eight (Potaro-Siparuni) 638-8440; Region Nine (Upper Takutu-Essequibo) 772-2087 / 2005; and Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice) 444-3429 / 444-3512 / 3297. (G8)

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