Police welcome Presidentís anti-crime measures Stabroek News
June 12, 2002

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Commissioner of Police (ag), Floyd McDonald says that governmentís recent anti-crime raft of measures would provide the force with the long needed resources to adequately address the spate of crimes which have engendered fear in the country.

McDonald said in a press release from Police Headquarters yesterday that he welcomed the measures announced by President Bharrat Jagdeo late last week which "would assist the work of the force, and greatly increase its capacity and ability to fight the spate of crimes which have pervaded the society within recent times."

"Knowing how the criminals operate, the police must be fully prepared to arrest the situation. This is a step in the right direction," the police commissioner stated.

Also, the release noted, the special fund for the surviving family members and relatives of policemen slain in the line of duty is "a unique initiative and a good and timely recognition of the contributions of those lawmen who gave their lives to ensure law, order and the promotion of Guyana."

The President had announced an extra $100 million to boost the capacity of the police and an elite force is to be set up to battle criminals and domestic terrorism. Declaring that the fight against crime was his number one priority, Jagdeo said the immediate $100 million provision and a similar sum in each of the next two years will secure weaponry, protective equipment and gear as well as transportation and communications facilities.

Meanwhile, on June 30, the Guyana Police Force will hold a wreath laying ceremony at the monument of fallen heroes to remember the 31 officers, to date, who have been killed in the line of duty, the release added.

And the commissioner again has asked citizens to cooperate and support the collective efforts of the force.