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Crime Chief explains delay in Westford alleged fraud matter

The Head of the Criminal Investigations Department, Wendell Blanhum on Monday explained the reason behind the prolonged delay in deciding whether former Public Service Minister Dr. Jennifer Westford would be charged with allegedly defrauding government of millions of dollars. Westford’s then Principal Personnel Officer, Margaret Cummings, is also the subject of the probe that began earlier this year. Blanhum told ...

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High-tech disruption of “national infrastructure” to be made illegal

The illegal access to computers, disruption of critical national infrastructure and the unauthorized sharing of computer data are to soon become offences punishable by hefty fines and long jail terms. “A person who, intentionally and without lawful excuse or justification, obtains for himself or another person, computer data which is not meant for him or the other person and which ...

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Cyber Crime Bill seeks to outlaw cyber-bullying; protect reputation, privacy

The Cyber Crime Act will also outlaw the use of computers to coerce, intimidate or harass another person with intent to cause emotional distress or cyber-bully, intentionally or recklessly, another person. The law defines “cyberbully” as the use of a computer system repeatedly or continuously to convey information which causes fear, intimidation, humiliation, distress or other harm to another person; ...

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Phone vendor shot

A phone credit vendor was Boxing Night shot several times near the Vendors’ Arcade, Georgetown. Police identified the injured man as 29-year old Keron Herbert. The eyewitness said the incident did not appear to be a robbery but more like a planned hit. Police said Herbert was shot to his buttocks. The lone gunman, who is of East Indian descent, ...

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“Crime not spiraling out of control” – Crime Chief

Crime Chief Wendell Blanhum has affirmed that crime is not spiraling out of control, but is in fact projected to decrease. Blanhum made the disclosure at a presentation on Friday morning where the police force is currently revealing its plans to prevent crime in the festive season. According to the Crime Chief, since he took Office in June, crime has ...

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GDF being geared up to help fight transnational crimes

The Guyana Defence Force (GDF) is being geared up to help combat security threats other than its primary focus of protecting the country from its neighbours that continue to lay territorial claims. Addressing senior GDF officers earlier this week, President David Granger said changes in the international and local environments made some of Guyana’s old approaches to public order and ...

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Opposition tells government to set up fund for families hit by crime

Opposition member Vindya Persaud has advised the government to set up a fund to help the survivors of violent crimes committed against their families. Persaud, during her budget debate presentation Thursday August 20 told the government that from their hefty budget, they have $800million to spend for the remainder of the year and urged them to set some aside for ...

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More police for overseas training to support anti-crime plan- Ramjattan

Members of the Guyana Police Force will no longer be barred from taking up some overseas training opportunities, as government seeks to re-tool that law enforcement agency for the implementation of a five-pronged anti-crime strategy, according to Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan. “We then will have to ensure that every one of those training workshops are attended by those senior ...

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