‘Home invasions must be curbed’ – President urges robust approach to fighting crime
President Dr Irfaan Ali has reiterated his government’s commitment to equipping the Guyana Police Force with the necessary tools to fight crime.
The President and Commander-in-Chief was speaking at an event at Eve Leary in Georgetown on Monday. While serious crimes in Guyana have seen a decrease of 21 per cent this year, the President urged for more intelligence-led investigation and policing.
The President said citizens must be able to walk the streets feeling safe and free from fear.
“I am aware of the existing concerns about the incidents of robbery and acts of violence committed against citizens…home invasions must be curbed,” the President said.
The President said the government will be improving investigative and forensic capabilities with the increased use of modern technology and intelligence in the fight against crime.
Additionally, the Police Force was encouraged to make better use of the Demerara, Berbice and Essequibo rivers in combating criminal activities and so, the President noted that investments will be made to procure marine equipment. This, he explained, will assist the Force in eliminating traffic on the roadways in certain situations.
The aim, President Ali said is to create a focused and professional Police Force that will be boosted with the Community Policing Groups across the country.
More body cameras will also be provided to the Force and this President Ali said will protect officers against false and malicious accusations as well as ensure professional policing. Additional surveillance cameras will be provided in the city and other areas.
The President said officers must also be capable of withstanding public scrutiny and operate in a transparent and open manner.
“There will also be a good check and balance for the way we conduct ourselves,” the President said.
The President further reiterated his commitment to providing better remuneration packages, personal development and higher education for officers and taking care of the welfare of their families by supporting them to achieve their own homes.
A number of officers are currently completing studies in law, transnational crime, and strategic management and mentoring and coaching to address technological challenges in the Force.
The President said a forensic science scholarship programme will also be launched soon to further develop the Force’s capacity.