Cri­mes Unit to be on stand­by du­ring Christ­mas sea­son

Times of Suriname - - ENGELS -

As the Christ­mas sea­son ap­pro­a­ches, Ge­or­ge­to­wn will be di­vi­ded in­to fi­ve hubs and each sec­tor will be com­mand­ed by an As­sis­tant Su­per­in­ten­dent in an ef­fort to tac­kle any in­crea­se in cri­mi­nal ac­ti­vi­ties du­ring this pe­ri­od.

This is part of the Gu­y­a­na Po­li­ce For­ce (GPF)’s Christ­mas po­li­cing plan which was un­vei­led last Mon­day. It will run up to Ja­nu­a­ry 15 and is ai­med to ena­ble ci­ti­zens to con­duct their bu­si­ness in a sa­fe and se­cu­re en­vi­ron­ment. Com­man­der of ‘A’ Di­vi­si­on, Clif­ton Hic­ken in­di­ca­ted that the fi­ve sec­tors we­re cre­a­ted to maxi­mi­ze su­per­vi­si­on of the po­li­ce in Ge­or­ge­to­wn and will tar­get cri­me, traf­fic con­ge­sti­on and road ac­ci­dents. As part of the plan, ci­ti­zens can ex­pect in­crea­sed foot, mo­tor­cy­cle and ve­hi­cu­lar pa­trols around the ci­ty, along the East Bank De­me­ra­ra to Ti­mehri cor­ri­dor, and in hot spots. Foot pa­trols will be con­duc­ted bet­ween 07:00hrs to 13:00hrs and 12:00hrs to 19:00hrs dai­ly, whi­le mo­tor cy­cles and ve­hi­cu­lar pa­trols will be do­ne on a 24-hour ba­sis in 12-hour shifts. Bet­ween 22nd to 26th and 29th to 31st of De­cem­ber, foot patrol ti­mings will be ad­ju­sted to ac­com­mo­da­te la­te shop­ping. Hic­ken re­ve­a­led that exe­cu­ti­on of search war­rants, cor­don and sear­ches will be con­duc­ted re­gu­lar­ly by the Cri­mi­nal In­ves­ti­ga­ti­on De­part­ment and other ranks in are­as of in­te­rest. In Ge­or­ge­to­wn, a tow truck will be used to re­mo­ve il­le­gal­ly par­ked cars whi­le wheel clamps and ve­hi­cle es­corts will be pro­vi­ded when ne­ces­sa­ry.

Me­an­w­hi­le, Cri­me Chief Wen­dell Blan­hum re­la­ted that the Gu­y­a­na Po­li­ce For­ce has re­cal­l­ed all its se­ni­or of­fi­ci­als from their va­ca­ti­ons to work du­ring the Christ­mas pe­ri­od. “We will de­ploy our ranks in the form of mo­bi­le, ma­ri­ne and foot pa­trols in the day and night and we will con­ti­nue with our in­tel­li­gen­ce led po­li­cing, tar­ge­ting high cri­mi­nal ele­ments,” the Cri­me Chief said, ad­ding that the­re will be po­li­ce pre­sen­ce at the air­ports. He is al­so warning per­sons to be on the look­out for fraud­sters who usu­al­ly or­der a lar­ge num­ber of items and pay with a ma­na­ger’s che­que on Fri­days, when banks are clo­sed. Last year the­re we­re two re­ports of fraud­sters paying with ma­na­gers’ che­ques that we­re not va­lid. The Cri­me Chief said that a team from the Ma­jor Cri­mes Unit will be on stand­by in the event of any ma­jor se­cu­ri­ty th­re­at. (Kai­e­teur­

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