Commissioner of Police (ag) Leroy Brummel has issued a call for citizens all across the country to break war with criminals and protect themselves and their families.
On Sunday morning, the Police Commissioner held a community meeting with residents in the Meten-meer-zorg community on the West Coast of Demerara.
The public meeting came as a result of the recent gunning down of a businessman in the area and the subsequent shooting death of a suspected criminal by the Police and the arrest of a number of suspected bandits in the same area.
According to Brummel, it is time citizens take their security much more seriously and fight to protect themselves and their families. He said the Police Force also intends to examine the issue of firearm holders being in possession of their weapon and not acting when they observe a criminal act.
He said firearm holders “have a position” and should take it seriously.
Guyana has seen a spike in violent crimes and robberies over the past few months. Murder and robbery figures have both seen an increase this year when compared to the corresponding period last year. Additionally, gun crimes also appear to be on the rise.
This is not the first time that the Police Commissioner has issued a call for persons to protect themselves and their families. A few months back he told a Police Conference that citizens ought to ensure they are in a position to protect themselves against crime and criminal activity. He said the Guyana Police Force also needs the support and confidence of citizens when they carry out their investigations to tackle many of the criminal problems plaguing the country.
On Friday, the Opposition group, A Partnership for National Unity said there is an urgent need for reform in the Guyana Police Force and there should also be more and better resources allocated to the Force to aid in its crime fight.
The Government blames the Opposition for not supporting legislation that aims to deal with gun smuggling. The Opposition parties which hold the majority in the National Assembly have been withholding support from any legislation presented in the House by the Minister of Home Affairs, Clement Rohee.
The National Assembly had passed a no confidence motion in the Minister. Opposition Leader David Granger said it is clear that the longer Rohee remains in office, the worse the crime situation is becoming because of the “lack of leadership”.