Police gymkhana attracts thousands
With all the negative publicity recently centered around the Guyana Police Force, the organization seized the opportunity to be “citizen friendly” when it executed its annual Gymkhana.
Thousands attended the free event at the Police Sports Club Ground, Eve Leary and despite the late start, all seemed to have enjoyed themselves.
The programme, which was supposed to begin at 13:30hrs, started about 14:15hrs. Announcers indicated that proceedings were delayed due to the funeral of former Commissioner of Police Henry Greene, which was attended by the Force’s top brass and other ranks.
The late Henry Greene was acknowledged as the person who resuscitated the event after an 11- year hiatus.
Fire Chief, Marlon Gentle, Chief Education Officer, Olato Sam, Top Cop (ag), Leroy Brumell and other senior officers among other prominent citizens gathered on the top floor of the Police Sports Club pavilion to get a perfect view of events.
A very interactive crowd cheered on boisterously as the many stunts and policing activities were demonstrated.
The motorcycle stunts were definitely a crowd favorite; and one Tactical Service Unit rank gained instant crowd fame as he portrayed the popular stunt “willy.” The same rank, later on in the programme, received mixed emotions from the crowd as he took part in a semi play that demonstrated a bandit (him) being shot by the police. In the play, as he was shot at, the rank threw his motorbike on the grass and fell to the ground apparently wounded.
The audience went quiet, believing that the rank was really injured, but loud applause echoed soon after when it was realized that it was all part of the act. “Dem boys skillful” was a popular comment among the audience.
Threatened by intermittent drizzles, the programme continued.
Participants in the buns eating race received much crowd motivation, however none of the other competitors could have compared to the now two-time champion Constable Bacchus.
The gymnastics session, conducted by members of the Felix Austin Police College, was another crowd favorite. Announcers’ voices were drowned by audible “oohs” and “aahs” as an extremely “thick” young lady showcased her flexibility.
The trained police dogs were amazing. One of the dogs found a quantity of gun powder, two firearms, which were hidden separately, and an explosive device.
Other activities included races, in which the country’s Olympic representative partook.