Crime hotlines to be set up

Stabroek News
October 26, 2002

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Within a week, the police are expected to establish two hotlines to help get more information from the public.

But Acting Commissioner Floyd McDonald is appealing to the public to stop calling in hoaxes and abusing his cops. "Special staff has been identified to man the desk. All calls will be treated with the strictest of confidentiality. No caller's ID will be installed and the telephone will only receive calls. We are again seeking the assistance of the public coming forward to assist us with relevant information that could lead to the capture of the criminals," McDonald appealed.

However, the acting commissioner is urging the public to desist from giving false information to members of the force through the new hotlines.

"We have been experiencing difficulties with the 911 lines. Persons have been calling in, making hoax calls and abusing the operators at Brickdam. Such conduct could affect our response time [because these] calls have to be analysed."