Acting Police Commissioner Nigel Hoppie intends to rely more on Community Policing Groups to assist the Force in the fight against crime and the enforcement of the COVID-19 measures and curfew.
Acting Commissioner Hoppie has taken over the helm of the Police Force as the substantive Commissioner has proceeded on pre-retirement leave.
Speaking to News Source this afternoon, the new Top Cop said the crime situation is being closely monitored and he has been working with various stakeholders to address the crime situation.
“We are working with the other stakeholders to bring crime down. The Force continues to put strategic plans in place to suppress crime in every region. And so we as members of the Guyana Police Force will work in accordance with our strategic plan”, Asst. Commissioner Hoppie said.
He said he is well aware that the Guyana Police Force will have to depend on partnerships with civil society and other groupings to confront the crime problem.
On the issue of the COVID-19 measures, Acting Commissioner Hoppie said the Force will step up its enforcement.
The Guyana Police Force has been coming under criticism for its weak enforcement of the curfew and other COVID-19 measures. Although there is an 8pm to 6am curfew, over the past few weeks there have been a number of late night criminal incidents including two shooting deaths and several fatal accidents.