Press Release - Monthly Statistics Summary April 2016

04 May, 2016

PRESS RELEASE/SERIOUIS CRIMES STATISTICS
REFLECT A 19% DECREASE AT THE END OF APRIL 2016
 
 
The Guyana Police Force has recorded a 19% decrease in serious crimes at the end of April this year relative to the same period last year.
 
There was a 9%  reduction in reports of murder; a 9% decrease in gun-related robberies; an 8% decrease in armed robberies where other instruments were used by the perpetrators; a 38% decrease in robberies with violence; a 38% decrease in robberies with aggravation; an 18% decrease in rape; and a 22% decrease in break and enter and larceny.
 
The reports made in April 2016 represent a 32% decrease against those reported in March this year.
 
The slowing down of the crime rates is based on several initiatives taken by the Government and the Guyana Police Force to manage the crime situation.
 
Highlights of these are capacity building in the Criminal Investigation Department that is now manifested in perpetrators of high profile crimes being arrested within two to three days of their occurrence.
 
That situation coupled with the social crime prevention programme and our anti-crime patrol systems as well as Government policy initiatives are developing the public trust and reducing the fear of crime in the Guyanese society.
 
Our partnership programmes with civil society organisations and our collaboration with local and foreign law enforcement agencies have also served to strengthen the capacity of the Guyana Police Force.
 
The continuous exposure of our ranks to training both locally and internationally has served to develop the Force’s ability to deliver at the frontline level, at management level and at leadership level.
 
At the moment twelve (12) Assistant Superintendents of the Police Force are attached to the Dade County Police, Miami, for a period of three weeks. This training is likely to expose them to a First World approach on designing tactics and delivering on frontline functions. (See photograph attached of ranks with training personnel).
 
So far for this year thirty three (33) members of the Force have received training overseas in various aspects of law enforcement, inclusive of a three-month Course in Cyber Crime in India, a three-month Course in Advanced Fingerprint Technology also in India, and an Advanced Crime Scene Investigation Course in Russia.
 
Locally, another batch of thirty four (34) new entrants to the Criminal Investigation Department has completed a six-week training programme. This adds to twenty four (24) ranks who completed an Intelligence Gathering and Analysis Course, twenty (20) ranks who participated in a Narcotics Investigators Course, and another thirty five (35) who attended a programme on National Protocols for Child Advocacy Centres Multi-disciplinary Teams.
 
Further, all the Police Divisional Detective Officers and their second-in-command along with all the Officers at the Criminal Investigation Department Headquarters were trained by trainers developed by the Justice Education Society (JES) of Canada in Major Crimes Case Management and Investigation.
 
The JES trainers are expected back in Guyana at the end of this month to continue with training under their two-year project.
 
Sixty (60) new recruits have recently graduated from the Felix Austin Police College and this adds to the 287 who graduated in February this year.
 
Unfortunately, the same successes were not seen in the area of Traffic Management. We have recorded 44 road fatalities at the end of April this year, which is 9 more for the same period last year. While there was a reduction in serious accidents, there have been increases in minor and damage accidents.
 
The Guyana Police Force has charged 25,118 persons with traffic offences so far this year. This includes 9,140 for speeding and 696 for driving under the influence.
 
In preparation for increased social activities during our 50th Independence Anniversary Celebrations the Guyana Police Force has planned a number of initiatives that include additional manpower deployment particularly in tourist hotspots. All Annual Vacation Leave due to ranks will be suspended for the month.
 
In addition, there will be increased patrols along the East Bank Demerara corridor and other major arteries; increased collaboration with the Force’s auxiliaries and other partners; increased vigilance at all the Ports of Entry; increased Immigration deployment at the Ports for the faster processing of passengers; escorts and close-protection will be provided for VIPs; efforts to maintain traffic enforcement to prevent congestion and deal with drunk driving and speeding; and Operation Dragnet activities that benefit from Joint Services collaboration will increase.
 
The Guyana Police Force is urging members of the Guyanese society to participate in the Independence Anniversary Celebrations responsibly, and wishes all Guyana a Happy 50thIndependence Anniversary.

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