Guyana Chronicle
November 12, 2006

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THE GUYANA Police Force is clearly stepping up to the plate, as the saying goes, in waging a recognisably more fierce battle against crime. The GPF's successes within recent months in capturing armed criminal bandits and caches of illegal arms should help to boost public confidence.

Now, with new anti-crime programmes unfolded on Friday by acting Police Commissioner Henry Greene, as reported in our yesterday's edition, the GPF seems to be finally engaged in a more coordinated campaign to smash the criminal networks at large.

With a more visible armed police presence in the business centres of Georgetown and environs, has come welcome news that some have long been waiting to receive.

These include the proposed launch in the new year of a new anti-crime SWAT (special weapons and tactics) Unit and the re-introduction of the GPF's education media programme – ‘Law Enforcement and You’ (the public).

As crime sleuths were reporting new arrests and discovery of arms and ammunitions in ongoing anti-crime activities, the high command of the GPF was disclosing Friday special policing arrangements to protect the public's welfare during the coming Christmas shopping season.

This particular anti-crime initiative in Georgetown for the Christmas holidays will involve some 120 Patrol Officers under the supervision of well known Senior Superintendent, Steve Merai, as part of the general operations of the Force's 'Division A', under the Command of the very experienced Assistant Commissioner, Paul Slowe.

While we await to learn of similar initiatives in the towns and business centres of other regions, including Berbice and Essequibo, it is to be hoped that members of the public would appreciate the value of their own cooperation in helping the Force to beat back the criminals who have been causing so much death and despair for far too long.

The justice administration system also needs to be more proactive in addressing problems that must be resolved within the framework of a new anti-crime strategy that could go a long way to restore the national image of Guyana which has been badly tarnished by armed criminals, drug traffickers and gun-runners.