GEORGETOWN, Guyana (AP) -- The South American country of Guyana plans to boost its police force by 1,500 officers to help reduce killings and increase security in gold-mining areas.
Security Minister Clement Rohee said Tuesday that 130 killings were reported last year, compared to less than 100 in the previous year. He said more than 40 of those killings occurred in Guyana's rural interior.
The country's Miners Association has complained about the lack of police officers and equipment to help patrol large swaths of land where dozens of mines operate.
Rohee said the police force will soon grow to 5,000 officers.