The Police Association, the body that represents ranks up to Inspectors, is again expressing concern about the attitude of some ranks who continue to deviate from the acceptable norms and from the Police Standing Orders.
These ranks, according to the Association, engage in venalities, inappropriate conduct and other transgressions which tend to stigmatize the organization and to bring into disrepute, the creditability of the many hard working and creditable men/women in the organisation.
The concern was expressed in a press release issued yesterday as the association celebrates its 60th anniversary, which commenced with a Church Service on March 1, 2011.
While cognisant of the challenges, the executives of the Police Association is calling on its members to consolidate the gains achieved over the years and to embrace, fully, the modernization, training and capacity building that is taking place under the guidance of the Commissioner of Police and his management team.
Within recent times, the number of police ranks placed before the courts for criminal offences has risen alarmingly.
With this in view, the Association’s executives have embarked on a series of visits to Police Stations and Departments in order to appraise its membership.
Visits were made to Police Stations in ‘G’ Division (Essequibo) and part of ‘E&F’ Division in the Bartica and Makouria areas.
During these visits, the Police Association emphasized the need for ranks to comply with legitimate and judicious expectations in the execution of their duties, and adherence to their Oath of Office and the Police Standing Orders.
Further, the Association drew to the attention of members, especially supervisors, that recalcitrant ranks must be dealt with condignly under the Police Discipline Act 1975 Chapter 17:01, where necessary.
In spite of this the Guyana Police Association commended the hardworking policemen/women who continue to work beyond the call of duty in a highly dedicated and professional manner in order to maintain a high degree of public safety within the country.
Other areas highlighted during the visits to police stations included preparations for General and Regional Elections; care and custody of prisoners; the Use of Force; juveniles; inappropriate behaviour by ranks; the Sexual Offences Act (Amended Regulations); domestic violence; Police/Community Relations; response time to reports; corruption and human rights.
The Police Association posits the view that in so far as crime is a social phenomenon, crime prevention is the responsibility of every part of society.
“The Police by themselves can offer no panacea for criminal behaviour among other factors, as the causes of crime are rooted in social problems. Therefore the Association is calling on its members to have more interaction with the communities, including Community Policing Groups and Station Management Committees, and participation in Police/Community relations activities in order to enhance the law enforcement relationship,” the statement said.
A number of welfare concerns raised by members were dealt with.
The Association reminded its members of their modus operandi in the provision of quality service and to build upon those positive aspects as well as to improve or change those aspects of personal behaviour that are incompatible with and contravene the organization’s mandate.
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