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Police Commissioner slams Court system for granting bail to persons charged with serious crimes

Police Commissioner, David Ramnarine

Police Commissioner, David Ramnarine

The judicial system is insensitive in granting bail to defendants who are charged with committing serious crimes, Acting Police Commissioner David Ramnarine said.

He argued that bail should be a deterrent to crime. “The amount of bail granted in the court makes a mockery of how responsible people in authority should behave in these matters,” the Commissioner was quoted as saying in a statement issued by the Government Information Agency (GINA).

Highlighting one recent incident, Commissioner Ramnarine said the prime suspect in the recent robbery murder of a Brazilian national in F Division was granted bail by the Court twice for two separate serious crimes: unlawful possession of a firearm and larceny. “How can we be so insensitive in our dispensation of the granting of bail,” the Commissioner questioned.

Commissioner Ramnarine said that he will not allow the Guyana Police Force (GPF) to be criticised for the failures of the other components in the criminal justice system. “I will not take responsibility for the behaviour of other people who constitute and have a role to play in the criminal justice system. I can only defend our actions in the Police Force,” the commissioner vehemently expressed.

The Commissioner also lashed out at critics over their “insinuations about fabrications and concoction” of the recent crime statistics which show that there is a decrease in serious crimes.

Commissioner Ramnarine said that these statements “only serve to embolden criminal elements”. “They are in the main not really concerned with safety and security of those they claim to represent or speak for…they serve to glorify and support the actions of criminal elements because of the contextual nature in which a few serious crimes, in particularly those involving the use of firearms are glamourized and emphasised,” Ramnarine said.

Serious crimes, involving the use of firearms remain a challenge for the GPF. However, Commissioner Ramnarine said that the GPF is working assiduously to make progress in recent cases. “Within the last few days, of the five robbery murders that we’ve had, we basically are going to be able to make the kind of progress that people in this country can be satisfied with,” Ramnarine assured.

There has been a reduction of reported robberies involving the use of firearms when compared over the last three years, the Acting Commissioner pointed out.

Statistics of robberies involving the use of firearms over the last three years during the period September 1 to October 20:






While the increase of this type of serious crimes in D Division remain a concern, Commissioner Ramnarine said he has tasked the Divisional Commander to work towards reducing the crime rate in that division.

Addressing the calls for greater collaboration the Commissioner said, “We have an acceptable level of support of some NGOs, key ministries, community policing groups, some elements of the corporate sector and an increasing number of persons in the religious fraternity.” Added to these, the GPF will continue to sustain and maintain its social crime prevention programmes, Ramnarine added.      


  • Emile_Mervin

    The problem is the justice system in Guyana, stacked with PPP-era judges and magistrates, favors the corrupt elite and those with money to buy their way out of situations.

    Besides, some judicial officers have no commonsense or have become detached from the struggling masses who are engaging in a variety of non-violent crimes to survive, compared to the political thieves who are walking free.

    • Col123

      EM..Where are ” the struggling masses who are engaging in a variety of non-violent crimes to survive “?… Where???

      • Emile_Mervin

        In May 2015, the CDB declared Guyana has a 40% youth unemployment rate; the highest in the Caribbean. That same month, the Coalition won an election that saw massive youth support with the promise of job creation. 17 months later and the Coalition says it is not government’s job to create jobs, and there is also no economic plan to generate jobs. IMHO, 40% represents a high enough number to be deemed ‘masses’.

        Against that background, we now have many unemployed youths relying on violent and non-violent crimes as a way of life. The non-violent crimes of which I specifically speak are drugs related, stealing, bribery to get basic services, etc. True, crime is crime, but to Ramnarine’s point that the judicial system is insensitive, I agree, because the prison system has folks who were caught with ganja, which is not a violent crime, while those who commit violent crimes, as Ramnarine notes, are free on bail.

        Then we have the political criminals walking free…

        • Col123

          It’s the violent crimes that are published and create the atmosphere of insecurity in societies!…Incidents of non violent crimes such as pickpockets and purse snatching,.etc. occurs everywhere in the world and is not damaging to any society and tourism….we should however keep a lid on it. Violent crimes resulting in bodily harm,injuries and demise is another issue and must be addressed with all of our resources.

        • eddie

          Not defending any type of criminality here!!!!!!!!!!!!! this statement does not mask your true feeling …….

          while the wealthy and political criminals walk free?

          if this is the case who is charge, I wonder if the countless audit did not give them the bullet to fire the gun and if so who is the one that is incompetent or complicit ,,, but for you the obvious is not visible because Guyana is full of your type where your objectivity is easily compromise ,, I have never in my life see a country that have staunch defender of incompetent and the other side which is brainless that think they only have one guy that should be there leader but then again that Guyana for you all

  • Col123

    Mr Commisioner Ramnarine..Sir…you have a more challenging issue on your hand!If a convicted criminal such as RK could have taken out over 400 of our brothers who were fighting for freedom, why can’t a trained force take out the elements of scourge in our society?…what does it say about the folks who are trained to uphold the laws and protect a society?…How can we have a convict such as RK eliminate 400 freedom fighters?.. BUT an equipped trained force/forces not able to control,at least, the havoc created by these petty criminals?…Who is allowing this misery on our society to continue?…Why can’t the security forces infiltrate , conduct recon, or get intel ,etc. on these menace to our society…. Who is protecting these bandits???