The Police Force’s Christmas Security programme will kick off from Tuesday, November 15, 2016 and head straight into the middle of January in the new year.
Under the heightened security initiative, there will be increased police presence across the country, but especially in the city and main shopping districts.
Citizens will also notice police booths being placed at strategic points and increased police presence in areas believed to be hotspots for criminal activities.
As the Police steps into high gear to deal with any possible criminal threats, it is hoping that the general public and the business community will also play a role in supporting the efforts of lawmen.
Police Commander for A’ Division, Assistant Commissioner Clifton Hicken told the media on Monday morning that there will also be increased foot patrols by police ranks as well as an increase in the presence of the mounted branch.
“We will heighten our special operations by the CID (Criminal Investigations Department) intelligence and other sources around the banks and other places and we will continue our partnership with the Community Policing Groups and other stakeholders”, Hicken said.
Crime Chief Wendell Blanhum spoke about the current crime problem and the crime rate when compared to previous years. He said serious crimes are on the decline but members of the public need to be more vigilant and assist the Police in its crime fight.
He complained about victims of crime and business places not wanting to give the police access to their CCTV recordings and in other cases, the footage is bad and cannot be used at all. He said the Force is still facing the problem of reluctant witnesses refusing to offer statement and information when it comes to serious crimes.
With the number of home invasions and burglaries still high, the Crime Chief called on citizens to ensure that their homes are always properly secured.
Police Commissioner Seelall Persaud said the Police Force will continue to build its efforts to gain improved public trust, but he complained about the myriad of problems that continue to plague the 911 emergency system. He said efforts are ongoing to improve that system.