UK security expert says stage set for police reforms

-strategic maritime safety and security policy among measures proposed

Russell Combe

British security expert, Lt Col (ret’d) Russell Combe says that the stage has been set for reform of the Guyana Police Force (GPF) and has urged the establishment of a cross-government department to deliver the suite of measures proposed.

Combe, who worked here under a British-funded programme as a Senior Security Sector Reform Advisor, left Guyana on 1st April at the end of his contractual period. He recently provided Stabroek News with a statement to mark the conclusion of his more than two years of work here. Among other things, Combe played a major role in the Security Sector Reform Report, which he handed over to President David Granger on January 18th last year.

He informed that during his final few months here, a financial review into the funding of the GPF was done, as well as a police media-handling consultancy with training, and a review of the GPF’s Strategic Management Plan (SMP).  A draft revised SMP was handed over to the police on 25th February 2019, he said…..

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