Home Affairs Minister meets new Police Cadet Officers
Home Affairs Minister, Clement Rohee, yesterday met in a closed door session with 16 new police Cadet Officers from the Guyana Police Force.
The 16 Cadets, including three females, graduated from the Standard Officers’ Course #41 last February and have been deployed to the various police divisions throughout the country, working under the direct supervision of the respective Divisional Commanders.
Five of them are currently deployed in the police A Division; two in Berbice; two on East Coast Demerara; three on the West Demerara; two in the Interior Division and one at the Tactical Services Unit.
These young men and women will soon join the ranks of Confirmed Officers of the Guyana Police Force and are being groomed to take over the administration in the future.
President Bharrat Jagdeo, at the last annual Police Officers’ Conference, had charged the Guyana Police Force to appoint 50 new Cadet Officers over the next three years.
The Cadets will soon undergo classroom training, which will supplement the present on the job experience.
Junior ranks of the Guyana Police Force go through an application and/or recommendation process to become Cadet Officers.
Those meeting the criteria are then interviewed by a panel of senior officers who then make the final decision on who will be enlisted in the programme.
They then undergo the Standard Officers’ Course training, which is undertaken by the Guyana Defence Force.
The current batch commenced with 25 individuals. Nine did not make the final cut.
One of the cadets has been in the force for as long as eight years while another for just two years.
Meanwhile, Retired Assistant Commissioner of Police, Clinton Conway, who is in charge of training in the organization, expressed satisfaction with the recent intake of recruits.
He said that despite public perception, the academic level of recruits is of a very high standard.
According to Conway, persons with as much as nine O’Level passes as well as diplomas have applied to join the force.