News report sends wrong signal to the public
--say Police
Guyana Chronicle
May 2, 2002

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THE Police have dubbed as ‘erroneous’ a page one story published in yesterday’s ‘Stabroek News’ headlined, “Cops have taken hands-off stance”. The story, the Police said, is sending the wrong signal to the public.

A press statement issued by the Public Relations Department said the article seeks to portray among other things that the Police are afraid to venture into certain communities, especially Buxton and Friendship, both villages on the East Coast Demerara.

“While this is an absurd statement, we wish to state that we are concerned about the apparent support lent to criminal elements in those areas. Instead of seeking to castigate members of the Force for perceived inaction, relative to reports made, residents of the communities should take necessary steps to assist the Police in ridding their society of criminal elements,” the release noted.

It reiterated, too, that as long as reports are made to the Police about any infringements of the law, the necessary and appropriate action would be taken. The Police Force also remains committed to discharging its mandate in order to ensure that peace and stability exist in society.

According to the Police, the support and cooperation of the public have always played a critical role in assisting the Force in its quest to ensure a safe society and the Force looks forward to continued support.