Enhanced security for Christmas season

Senior Divisional Commander, Assistant Commissioner Marlon Chapman

REGIONAL Division Four ‘A’ will be divided into nine sectors in order to effectively and adequately police the City and its environs during the Christmas season.
The plan was unveiled by Senior Division Commander, Assistant Commissioner, Marlon Chapman, on Friday, during the Guyana Police Force’s Christmas Policing Presentation at the Police Officers’ Mess, Eve Leary.

The plan took effect on November 15 and will run until January 15, 2020.
Chapman said heightened special operations by CID and Intelligence ranks at identified hotspots have commenced for the Christmas season with a menu of other activities.
According to the commander, each sector will be commanded by an officer or inspector who will have adequate ranks under their charge.

Additionally, the assistant commissioner said there will be continued focus on noise nuisance and the enforcement of the curfew.
There will be increased patrol around the City, the Georgetown prison, hotels, night spots, places of business, banks and post offices.

“This will also be enhanced by snap road blocks, stop and search exercises. Foot patrols will be done between the following hours: 06:00hrs to 10:00hrs; 09:00hrs to 13:00hrs; 12:00hrs to 16:00hrs and 15:00hrs to 20:00hrs daily,” the commander noted.

Further, the commander explained that during the 22-31 December, 2019, the foot patrol timings will be adjusted to accommodate late shopping.
He said motorcycle and vehicular patrols will be done on a 24-hour basis, through a shift system.

“Mobile patrols will be enhanced in sub-division two, three and Turkeyen. These patrols will concentrate on places of businesses, night spots and hot spots in their respective sub-divisions, while marine patrol will be maintained,” the commander said.

He continued, “Duties will be adjusted to facilitate the commuting public during late shopping hours. Christmas Day, patrols will be deployed as normal. Old Year’s Day and Night special emphasis will be given to places of worship, entertainment spots, commuting public and businesses.”

The commander also noted that emphasis will be placed on the East Bank corridor from Agricola Public Road to Ruimveldt, Stabroek Market, Regent and Robb Streets, Homestretch Avenue and Vlissengen Road and all bus parks.