Kindly allow me a space in your column so that the public can judge the actions of the Guyana Police Force.
I am living in the village of Enmore, East Coast of Demerara.
On Sunday morning at about 02:15 hrs, I was awakened by a telephone call from my neighbour informing me that someone is trying to break down her front door.
I urged her to remain calm and stay inside her home whilst I will try to get some help.
While talking to my neighbour over the telephone, I could have sensed the fear in her voice and to make matters worse she lives with her two little children.
At the time there was a wake in the village and given the fact that the village of Enmore is closely knitted, my other immediate neighbours were attending the occasion.
So I was left with no other choice but to call the Cove and John Police Station for help after calling the Enmore Outpost and getting no response.
I eventually got through to the Cove and John Police Station at about 02:20 hours and related the situation to Constable Durant who promised to send a patrol to my neighbour’s residence.
I received another call from my neighbour and this time I gave her some hope that the Police are on their way.
After waiting for about 20 minutes and no sign of the Police, I placed another call to the Cove and John Police Station and spoke to the same Constable whom I had talked to previously and this time she told me that she is still trying to get on to the patrol.
I then enquired from her weather there is only one patrol for the entire East Coast but the officer told me that she wants to get on to the patrol closest to Enmore.
I hung up after realising that I’m not getting anywhere.
I had to resort to putting on my exterior lights, which I think may have been a deterrent to the would-be bandits.
It must be stated that Enmore is just about five minutes away from Cove and John and with the fact that there is little or no traffic during that hour in the morning makes driving much easier and faster.
We waited until 04:00 hours and still there was no sign of the Police.
By this time the noise at my neighbour had subsided, so it is reasonable to assume that the would be thief or thieves had left.
Mr. Editor, what is more disappointing is that sometime this morning I learnt that my opposite neighbour’s home was invaded and some articles were stolen.
It is so heart rendering to know that we as citizens of this country contribute heavily to the upkeep of the disciplinary forces via our tax contributions and yet we cannot have any confidence that they will come to our rescue in the time of need.
Had the Police turned up this morning when I had called, I’m certain that they would have apprehended the perpetrator(s). It is indeed a sad day for this country whose citizens have no level of confidence in the Guyana Police Force and if we are to defend the sanctity and sovereignty of our homes, the Police will have no hesitation or difficulties charging us.
Oh, what a wonderful state we are living in! By the way, Minister Rohee, instead of you going on record and saying that you have lost confidence in Commander Ramnarine, well that is just your opinion instead you should get up from your slumber and do a reality check with the Guyanese population and you will see that it is you and your so called Police Force that we have no confidence in.
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