Mahdia police launch major assault on interior criminals
Despite the numerous reports of murders and armed robberies in Guyana’s interior, the people of Mahdia, the gateway mining community in Region Eight, are a little more at ease these days, thanks to the posture adopted by some fearless policemen who have been deployed to the area to tackle criminal activity that was threatening to get out of control.
The cops led by one sergeant La Rose, have formed themselves into a no nonsense unit, adopting a zero tolerance approach to crime. They have given notice to individuals who are using the interior areas to escape justice and to prey on hardworking miners.
Although the terrain is rough and the area is big, the ranks have been braving the extreme conditions, especially in the present rainy season to fan out across vast areas that have gained notoriety for lawlessness.
Their tasks have been made easier with their recently acquired all terrain vehicles.
Mowasie, Blackwater, Imara, Pepper Creek and North Fork are all remote areas where the ranks have to travel, sometimes crossing creeks with water flowing at dangerous speeds, while at the same time, ensuring the continued road worthiness of their vehicle.
The Mahdia business community, miners and ordinary residents are loud in their praise for the work being done by the ranks and they are confident that the present team will make the area safer.
“These officers are taking the fight to the criminals in the interior,” one Mahdia resident told this newspaper.
In the past, many perpetrators have been able to get away due to the slow response from the police. Nowadays the police are able to apprehend criminal suspects within hours of the commission of a crime, be it robbery under arms or murder.