The media has fired quite a few salvos at Clement Rohee for his “kicking ass” expression regarding members of the Guyana Police Force. I agree totally with the media, and with the eleven Senior Officers of the Force for taking umbrage: the Minister’s choice of language was found wanting.
But that is where the agreement stops. I want to ask the media and those eleven brave and professional Senior Police Officers whether the Minister, and indeed the entire Guyana, should not be dissatisfied with the performance of the Guyana Police Force.
At best, 80 per cent of the Guyana Police Force are shirkers and bribe-takers. In fact, bribery of Police Officers is no longer an offence; it is the expectation – the silent imperative. I would have expected the media to do their convenient random public survey as to whether the disgust expressed by the Minister was misplaced. Let the media do a public opinion poll on the Guyana Police Force. The result will be that the nation’s primary law-enforcement body is staffed in the majority by corrupt officers bent on getting a raise in every matter they handle.
But the media would not conduct a public opinion poll because the operatives and owners are scared of the same people who should be protecting us all.
Call me a liar; call the minibus drivers liars; call the poor and helpless liars; call those firearm holders who have to get their weapons stamped at the TSU liars. Let the bold media houses deny our cry against Police bribery and corruption. Our Police Force is an embarrassment.
The Minister of Home Affairs receives hundreds of complaints against members of the Force. The Commissioner of Police and his up-standing Officers refuse to respond to the Minister regarding these complaints. What does the Minister tell the complaining public? That the goodly Police Commissioner refuses to reply to him, an elected Representative of the people? Can he or must he do so all the time?
Dozens of unsolved murders, hundreds of unsolved robberies, thousands of uninvestigated reports, thousands of cases falling through because of poor or incompetent Police investigations and statement taking; dozens of robberies in which Police are directly involved; and rape(s).
If there is any guilty party in this whole fiasco, it is the Police Force. While the Officers decry Greene for his recent act, they were all happy to have Greene – because he kept Rohee at bay. They want that status quo to remain.
So, Senior Police Officers, display YOUR professionalism by cleaning up your house. It stinks!
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