Granger urges police top brass to maintain public safety, implement reforms

President David Granger (seated at centre) with officers of the Guyana Police Force shortly after the opening ceremony of the Police Officers’ Annual Conference ended. Also in the photo are (seated from right) are Deputy Commissioner Lyndon Alves, Deputy Commissioner Maxine Graham, Commissioner of Police Leslie James, Minister of Public Security Khemraj Ramjattan, Deputy Commissioner Paul Williams and Deputy Commissioner Nigel Hoppie. (Photo by Terrence Thompson)

President David Granger yesterday urged ranks of the Guyana Police Force to rise above their existing “challenges” and properly manage the available resources to ensure that public security is maintained.

“…Most parts of the country are accessible only by aircraft, of which the police force has none; boats, of which they have a few; foot of which they have 4,600 pairs or by horse but the police have to go there,” he said at the opening ceremony of the Police Officers’ Annual Conference at State House, where he stressed the need for the implementation of key recommendations made by British expert Lt Col (rtd) Russell Combe to be fast-tracked this year.

In delivering the feature address, he reminded the 183 officers in attendance that while demographic and geographic factors place a “burden” on the force’s organisational, operational, administrative and human capabilities, it must manage its resources “in order to accomplish the complex task of maintaining public security in this complex country.”….

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