Overseas based former cops impressed with work of the Police Force
Four former members of the Guyana Police Force who are now domiciled in the United States of America are impressed with the direction the organization is heading.
The four former cops Errol Lewis, Ralph Greene, Clinton Blair and Bonita Wolfe-Woodhouse who are all members of the Association of Ex-Presidential Guards and Immigration Services APGI, New York Chapter and who are in Guyana are satisfied that despite the hardships faced by the colleagues in the Guyana Police Force, the organisation has done a great job in keeping a lid on crime.
“The force is a wonderful place and if I had to live my life over again I would be a cop,” said Woodhouse who served at the Central Immigration and Passport Office.
She said that many of her colleagues who have left the force feel that the Police Force is facing numerous challenges and for it to survive for more than 160 years is testimony to the resilience of those who put their lives on the line everyday.
“Many persons call the Police before they even remember their religious beliefs. Without the force I don’t think that we would have been able to walk on the streets and in fact we may not have arrived here safely,” Woodhouse told the media.
She pointed out though that there are still areas that could be bettered, and pledged the support of her group to the organization to further enhance its capabilities.
Blair, who was widely respected and popularly known as ‘Manish Puppy’ said that he is generally satisfied with the overall performance of the Police.
He said that he had worked directly under the present Police Commissioner Henry Greene and he is very impressed with what he has been doing so far in terms of leading the organisation.
“There are a number of challenges and I know that Guyana is operating with a shortage of equipment and manpower… but with the proper training which, I am told that is in effect right now, I am sure that the force will return to its previous performances.
Within previous years, the Guyana Police Force has been criticised for being less than professional and a number of its officers have been placed before the courts for various levels of corruption.
The force has also been accused of carrying out extra judicial killings and torture to some extent.
But the former cops are confident that with the right leadership and direction, the force will put all of this to rest and return to the professional standards that once characterised the organization.
Errol Lewis who is the President of the New York Chapter of the APGI said that he has been keeping abreast with the happenings in Guyana via the Internet.
“These are tough times and I think that these are tougher times than when we served. So we have to give the Police Force its due. They probably are not on par but they hung in there. We know of all the problems you had from 1992 to just about a year ago and they have survived. Actually, I think that crime is down based on the Kaieteur News and I really do believe that they will prevail,” Lewis said.
Another overseas-based former cop, Ralph Green, who is employed in the technology field, noted that Guyana finds itself facing many challenges in the present technological age.
He said that having information readily at hand is very critical in fighting crime and that is why one of the first initiatives of the APGI was to provide computers so that the force will be in a position to use modern technology to help it in this fight.
“I think that that is one of the biggest challenges facing the Guyana police force at this time, being technologically equipped to fight crime,” Greene told the local media.
Last week the APGI donated four computers to the Immigration Department and Presidential Guard of the Police Force.