July 8, 2015 By
..little details emerging from confab
Government on Tuesday said it was developing a broad-based anti-crime strategy to beat back rampant criminality that has gripped this country in the past month.
Under pressure to deliver on his campaign promise of keeping Guyana safe, President David Granger met with Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo; Minister of State, Joseph Harmon; Minister of Public Security, Khemraj Ramjattan; Minister of Social Cohesion, Amna Ally; Commissioner of Police Seelall, Persaud and Deputy Chief-of-Staff of the Guyana Defence Force, Colonel Khemraj Persaud.
In a press release, the Ministry of the Presidency hailed the meeting as a success and disclosed that initial talks were ongoing for the crafting of a broad-based strategic crime-fighting approach that will deliver short-term goals as well as long-term goals.
Only recently, Ramjattan admitted that in order to significantly reduce the crime rate in the country, a long-term plan will have to take effect as this serious crime surge cannot be curbed with short-term strategies. At the meeting, the officials gave the nation reassurance of safety as they vowed to move swiftly and vigorously to address the crime situation in the country.
However, the release was limited on details of the approach the Government would take to tackle the drastic rise in crime. Ramjattan had disclosed that in an effort to curb the situation, the Police Force was instructed to increase its patrols in Divisions A (Georgetown-East Bank Demerara); B (Berbice); C (East Coast Demerara) and D (West Bank Demerara-East Bank Essequibo).
In addition, resources previously used by Community Policing Groups will be redirected towards the core function of the Police Force to help combat crime. Ramjattan had previously expressed that fighting crime was a herculean and multidimensional task, as it could not be easily erased or reduced from any society. He explained that Government will have to first identify the root causes for the problems and then address the matters from there.
“What are the root causes as I mentioned in Parliament, there is a lot of desperation because of youth and unemployment especially and we have to address that, and of course, the greed of some other people because although some people have good jobs, they are greedy like certain people who attempted to steal eight vehicles the other day. There is also cleansing the Police Force of rogue cops as I mentioned. It’s a massive multidimensional task.”