‘Crime is Not on the Increase,’ Says Police Commissioner

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GEORGETOWN, Guyana – Police Commissioner Leslie James says the country has not seen an upsurge in crime and this is based on recent statistics.

Speaking to reporters during a press conference on Monday, James said while there have been some “sensational crimes”, there has been no upsurge and the country is actually seeing a 2.7 per cent decrease in crime.

He said the Police Force is concerned about the crime situation, but he wants to make it clear to Guyanese at home and abroad as well as visitors, that there is no increase in criminal activity.

Pointing to concerns raised by some civil society groups , claiming a lack of confidence in the Police Force, the Commissioner said they need to provide statistics for their positions on the crime situation .

The Commissioner also revealed that he has had talks with at least one official from the US Embassy following its recent advisory about the crime situation in Guyana.

“Crime is not on the increase”, the Commissioner assured, adding that the Police Reform plan is moving apace and will continue until 2022. – CMC

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