– blasts critics, challenges NDC to fix roads, install lights in vulnerable areas
Crime in ‘B’ Division has been declining monthly and this is a fact not fiction or perception.
Commander Ian Amsterdam made this observation while responding to criticisms from individuals, including Regional Chairman Regional Chairman David Armogan, who said that crime is on the rise in Berbice.
He said that police statistics differ from the misinformation being peddled by some media houses, media personnel, social media experts and political crime analysis with political agendas.
“We employed strategy based on crime trends and patterns, not politics,” Commander Amsterdam said.
“For example, the Honorable Minister of Public Security coming to Berbice may be a political strategy, but certainly not a crime fighting strategy. “Smooth roads, well lit streets and villages will certainly aid response times and impact our crime fighting strategy in a positive way.”
“Mounted police deployed in the backlands will certainly aid our strategy by providing support to patrol our vast savannahs, and for our farmers, and will act as a deterrent for those mentally challenged persons who would seek to exploit those challenges by robbing, murdering and engaging in all forms of illegal activities.
“Yes, this is one welcome initiative that will boost out strategy. We always welcome positive criticism that will improve our performance and service to the residents and citizens.”
The Commander said that crime will occur and the main issue is how the police respond when crime occurs.
He took a swipe at Regional Chairman David Armogan who was on Television in Berbice lamenting that crime has increased in Berbice while calling on the police to do something about the situation.
He said that a number of the things are hampering the police in their crime fighting strategy, and the Regional Chairman and the NDC could do something about them.
“What is needed is smooth roads street lights, cutting the bushes…these are some of the things in the domain of the Regional Administration and the respective NDC.”
He made mention of a recent robbery on the East Bank Berbice in which a bandit was killed. According to the Commander, the police patrol took over 30 minutes to get to the location due to the deplorable and horrendous state of that road.
“We would have liked to get there in 10 minutes not 30 minutes. That is what the Regional Chairman has control over. He can fix the road, so we can respond in 10 minutes not 30 minutes.
Going to Angoy’s Avenue (Cow Dam) the road is in a bad state and that is an area where we know the bandits will flee to hide most times when they commit a crime. In Fort Ordnance the road is also in a deplorable state. The time one takes to get into those areas the bandits would be far gone. In some of the villages the bushes are so high along the road ways…what is the Region and the NDCs doing? They have control over those things. They should fix them. Those are all security risks.
The police have no control over some of those things. Do they expect the police to do them? Fix the road, fix the lights, cut the bushes? Fixing these those things will help us fight crime.”
The commander had some questions for the critics in which he asked.
“What strategy do we employ to prevent a human from unlawfully taking the life of another human?
What Strategy do we employ to prevent a person who was robbed of millions in the past from repeating the same actions and expect a different result?”
COMPARATIVE FIGURES OF SERIOUS CRIMES FOR ‘B’ DIVISIONS 1st JANUARY TO 19th AUGUST, 2015/2016
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