The police seem untrained to deal with certain matters

Dear Editor,

For quite a time now I have been seeing the blatant abuse of the law by those appointed to uphold it. Many of the young men and women who are in the Guyana Police Force and the City Constabulary seem ignorant of the law that they are supposed to uphold, and are untrained to deal with certain matters, which results in the public taking matters into their own hands.

Editor, on Monday 12th February at the Leonora Magistrate’s Court I was able to witness the sitting Magistrate dismissing a charge brought against a driver. The driver had been taken to the station and charged even though he had the correct documents in the car, but the police refused to allow him or his father to get them. When he displayed these to the court the magistrate dismissed the case. Had that errant officer looked into the matter, the driver and the court’s time would not have been wasted and instead the police could have been doing something else worthwhile. Do the senior officers follow up on charges made by the junior officers and would they get disciplined for their embarrassing actions? Why is this nonsense continuing?

Yours faithfully,

Sahadeo Bates

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