Minister of Home Affairs, Clement Rohee yesterday handed over the keys to vehicles, valued in total at $39M, to the Guyana Police Force (GPF) at Drill Square, Police Headquarters, Eve Leary, a Government Information Agency (GINA) release stated.
Minister Rohee called on ranks who will be entrusted with the vehicles to use them with due care and attention.
“These vehicles are to be used in keeping with the motto of the GPF to serve and protect citizens when they call upon the Force to assist them in their time of need.”
Rohee lamented, however, that within recent times there have been instances where police vehicles were involved in accidents, resulting in civilians being injured. This, he said, does not bode well for the Force, as ranks of any law enforcement agency are expected to observe the necessary road safety rules.
“We have made it our duty as a government that each police station, taking into consideration its location and geographic peculiarities, have some form of transportation so that when persons call for help, they are not given the perennial excuse that transportation is not available,” Rohee said.
Meanwhile, Police Commissioner Henry Greene expressed his gratitude to government and the Home Affairs Ministry for always striving to ensure that the Force is adequately equipped.
This batch of vehicles is part of the 2010 budgetary allocation and the Force will be receiving vehicles under this year’s allocation shortly, GINA added.