Press Release - Monthly Statistics Summary January 2016

11 February, 2016

 The statistics in relation to the offences of murder and robbery under arms at the end of January 2016 with corresponding statistics for the same period in 2015 are attached.


Among the serious crimes policed by the Force are murder, robbery under arms, robbery with violence, robbery with aggravation, larceny from the person, break and enter and larceny, burglary, rape, and kidnapping.


At the end of January 2016 the Guyana Police Force recorded a 6% decrease in serious crimes in comparison to the same period in 2015. This can be attributed to a number of factors including the higher level of networking and activities of the Joint Services under “Operation Dragnet” which was launched on December 01, 2015; along with capacity building of the Police Force under the five-point strategy to deal with crime which was outlined by His Excellency President David Granger, MSS, and which has seen an increase in manpower and training in the Criminal Investigation Department and the increased deployment of ranks in the Police “F” Division; intelligence-led policing and improved cooperation from the public.  


A SWAT team along with ranks of the Major Crimes Unit of the Criminal Investigation Department have been despatched to “B” Division (Berbice) in order to strengthen policing activities in the Division.


A total of 14 murders were recorded at the end of January 2016, in comparison to 13 murders at the end of January 2015, an increase of 8%. Of the 14 murders in January this year 5 were committed during robberies, 3 were domestic related and 6 were of the disorderly type.


Diligent investigations have led to a number of persons being arrested and charged in 8 of the 14 incidents of murder in January this year, while investigations are continuing into the others.


At the end of January 2016 robbery under arms overall has increased by 5% in comparison to the same period in 2015. However, the statistics indicate a decrease of 13% in the number of armed robberies involving the use of firearms; while there was a 50% increase in relation to the number of armed robberies where instruments other than firearms were used by the perpetrators.   


The statistics have revealed that there has been an increase of 4% in the number of reports of rape, with 26 reports at the end of January this year compared to 25 for the same period last year.


Break and Enter and Larceny and Burglary have shown an overall decrease of 8%.


At the end of January this year, a total of 6 illegal firearms have been recovered by the police comprising 4 pistols and 2 revolvers. This compares to a total of 3 illegal firearms that were recovered unto this time last year.


In relation to domestic violence, at the end of January 2016 a total of 274 reports were made from which 176 cases resulted.  


The Police Force is continuing in its efforts aimed at crime prevention through its police-community partnership programme along with social crime prevention interventions in the Policing Divisions, with special emphasis on empowering youths, such as the Impact Albouystown Project and Youth Clubs. Meaningful support in this regard is being given by members of the religious community attached to the Cops and Faith Community Network.

In ‘A’ Division (Georgetown/East Bank Demerara) Divisional Commander Assistant Commissioner Clifton Hicken visited the Albertown, Queenstown and North Sophia Police Youth Clubs where he interacted with the youths and offered them words of encouragement and advice.


The Divisional Commander accompanied by Pastor Ewarth Williams who is attached to the COPS and Faith Community Network also visited the Agricola Chosen Generation Police Youth Club where a presentation on suicide was given.


Further, motivational sessions on leadership, teamwork and public speaking were held with youths attached to the Timehri and Yarrowkabra Youth Clubs.


Discussions were held with members of the Central Georgetown Police Youth Club where topics included well-being, suicide and career choices as well as mentorship.


Traffic ranks of the Division conducted a lecture on road safety to youths of the Kaleidoscope Police Youth Club of Grove, East Bank Demerara, and encouraged them to be road safety conscious and to use pedestrian crossings and pavements where provided.


A number of youths of the Tiger Bay Trend Changers Youth Club benefitted from a discussion on discipline, respect for elders and inculcating good morals. They were addressed by Mr. Allister Collins of the President Youth Award Republic of Guyana (PYARG).


In addition, a seven aside Futsal competition among teams from Police Youth Clubs in the Division was held at the Police Sports Club ground.


In “B” Division (Berbice) a Suicide Awareness Walk was held on Saturday January 23, 2016, in the community of Sisters, East Bank Berbice, where over a hundred residents, including youths, participated. On the same day the Division also facilitated a Drugs and Suicide Awareness Seminar at the No.41 Scheme Playground, New Amsterdam, where lectures were given by police ranks and a representative from the President Youth Choice Award.


Police ranks met and held discussions with members of the community and the Cotton Field Secondary School Parent/Teachers Association on January 21, 2016, where issues discussed included suicide, violence and substance abuse in schools.


In addition, police ranks and members of the community were involved in environmental cleaning of the St. Michael Anglican Church at Hopetown, WCB, and the No. 76 Village Housing Scheme, Corentyne, Berbice.


In “D” Division (West Demerara/East Bank Essequibo) the La Grange/Nismes/Bagotville Youth Empowerment Programme has commenced at the Bagotville Community Centre, targeting 150 youths who are enrolled in Information Technology and Sports, including football and boxing.

In addition, the Goed Fortuin Youth Development Programme and the Crane Social Crime Prevention Programme have a social crime prevention aspect that involves over 250 youths in total.


Recently, through the Region Three Administration, a building at Leonora was made available to the Division in order to facilitate the training of youths in Information Technology and Cookery. It is intended to establish a Library at the same location.


In ‘E’ Division (Linden/Kwakwani) ranks of the Mabura Police Outpost in collaboration with residents of the community conducted repairs to the fence of the Mabura Primary School with support from members of the business community.


A Suicide Awareness Walk involving members of the community was held in Mackenzie, Linden, on January 30, 2016.


Also the Library at the Mackenzie Police Station was given a boost through a donation of educational books and magazines by businesswoman Mrs. Janice Moore-Mc Calmont of J&C Renaissance.


The Police in “F” Division (Interior Locations) have established an Under-15 Football Club and a Circle Tennis Team at Bartica, comprising twenty-five (25) youths each, in keeping with the initiative.


The Divisional Administration of ‘G’ Division (Essequibo Coast and Islands) held an award ceremony for students of Police Youth Clubs who had excelled academically and in sports during 2015, where they were presented with trophies in recognition of their achievement.


A presentation on leadership and suicide prevention, facilitated by the police was given by Dr. Astell Collins of the Youth Initiatives Department, Ministry of the Presidency, to police ranks, members of the Guyana Defence Force, Community Policing Groups and the general public at the Richard Faikal Police College, Suddie, Essequibo Coast on January 20, 2016.


During January 2016 there was a total of twelve (12) interventions supported by the religious community in the Cops and Faith Community Network which treats with juvenile first offenders for minor crimes as a preemptive intervention to the New Opportunity Corps.


Since the launch of the Cops and Faith Community Network in September 2013 and unto January 31, 2016, there has been a total of 263 such interventions. In all cases the youths were counseled by the religious leaders and following the involvement of parents/guardians, and the victims where necessary, the majority of them were warned and sent away.


In relation to the Family Liaison for victims of serious crimes and domestic violence project, which is also under the Cops and Faith Community Network, there were thirty nine (39) interventions by members of the religious community in response to attempt suicide and cases of serious crimes including armed robbery and murder where the affected persons, victims and relatives, accordingly, were counseled.


In relation to traffic, 7 road fatalities from 7 accidents have been recorded at the end of January 2016, in comparison to 5 fatalities from 5 accidents for the same period in 2015, an increase of 40%. There have been decreases in the other categories of traffic accidents comprising serious, minor and damage.    


Pedestrians has been the main category of road users affected so far in road fatalities with 4 such persons having lost their lives at the end of January 2016. In addition 1 pedal cyclist, 1 driver and 1 pillion rider also lost their lives.


Speeding has been the major contributory factor to fatal accidents, having been the cause of 4 of the 7 fatal accidents at the end of January 2016.     


Traffic enforcement by the police has resulted in a total of 6,012 cases for this year being made against errant motorists at the end of January 2016; of this total 2,566 cases were for speeding, 304 for driving under the influence of alcohol, 84 for using cell phone while driving and 199 for failing to wear seat belt.  


Up to yesterday Wednesday February 10, 2016, a total of 3 more persons had lost their lives from 3 fatal accidents.


The Police Traffic Department is once more urging that all persons use the roadways in a manner that is cognisant of the five Cs – Care, Consideration, Caution, Common Sense and Courtesy.


The Traffic Department has intensified its enforcement activities with special focus on speeding and driving under the influence, in addition to other offences such as driving motor cycles without safety helmets and using cell phones while driving a motor vehicle.

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