Social media platforms started buzzing with a series of missing person reports within the past two weeks, prompting the public to draw conclusions about suspected kidnappings.
But the Guyana Police Force invalidated these claims on Friday, stating that there has not been any recent report of kidnappings.
“The Guyana Police Force has taken notice of a Facebook post showing concern in relation to the number of recent missing person reports in the country, particularly teenagers…The Police Force is once more giving citizens the assurance that this is far from reality and that there has not been any report of any kidnapping received by the Police within recent times,” a statement issued by the Force stated.
The Force went on to say while the public’s concerns are valid, the allegation that “this issue does not appear to be receiving the full attention of the Guyana Police Force” is untrue.
Moving forward, assurances were given of increased efforts to publicise these incidents when such reports are made. The Force added that throughout the years, it has dealt aggressively with missing person reports in terms of its follow-up action and ensuing investigations; inclusive of all Police stations in the country being quickly informed with pertinent information.
There is a Missing Person Unit at the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) Headquarters, which has the specific responsibility of assuming the lead role in the investigation of such cases.
“The Guyana Police Force already has a system, which is being publicised periodically, to receive information and tips on any police-related matter from members of the public, in a confidential manner, through specific telephone numbers and its Facebook page.”
Persons were cautioned to desist from spreading misinformation about such topics since it can increase social tension. In a social media post, which pointed to the attempted kidnapping of two females, this was later proven to be a false report.
“While the call for neighbours and others to look out for each other is appreciated, the peddling of this misinformation about alleged kidnappings can result in unwanted tension, anxiety and stress in the society. The Guyana Police Force is reiterating that it has received and has been dealing professionally with recent reports of missing persons, but none of kidnapping,” the missive added. (G12)