Police 'faltering at best' against crime
December 9, 2003
President of the Georgetown Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI) Eddie Boyer says the police's efforts to combat crime are "faltering at best".
Boyer was talking at the Chamber's annual dinner and awards ceremony held at Le Meridien Pegasus on Friday.
"The business community needs to be assured of the efficacy of Guyana's finest and this would help in reducing the tension, insecurity and anxiety that the local business community is experiencing at this time," Boyer noted.
He said the reality of the criminal activity had been brought home to the chamber with the senseless kidnapping and beating of the GCCI's Executive Director, Dev Sharma, in March.
"Once again, our society is assailed by unrelenting crime and attendant violence that has horrified and seared the psyche of the nation."
He said businessmen were targets of violent crime and the police force continued to be seriously challenged and tested at all levels.
He said the perception that Guyana was a 'business-friendly' location must be maintained and a police force seemingly not on top of the situation would lead to the erosion of that perception.