Citizens across the country are being asked not to be alarmed by the increased presence of Police officers and members of the Guyana Defence Force in several communities and across the city from Saturday as the Joint Services begin a major push back against the current crime situation dogging the country.
In a statement on Friday evening, the Government of Guyana said it has received credible information related to a potential domestic security threat and that information “coupled with increased criminal activity has resulted in the decision by the Administration to institute security measures in targeted areas, starting tomorrow. These operations will be conducted by the Guyana Police Force and the Guyana Defence Force (GDF)”, the statement said.
The Government said citizens can expect to see helicopters providing aerial coverage and an increased number of police officers, along with members of the GDF on the ground in certain areas.
The release added that the safety of all residents and visitors to Guyana remains a top priority for the administration.
The Government and the Security Forces have been facing strong criticism from citizens over the crime situation in the country. Over the past few weeks, the country has seen a significant increase in armed robberies and other violent crimes.
For this week alone, several business places were attacked by armed bandits, who carted off millions of dollars.
The government has not provided a timeline for the new operation.