The Guyana Police Force is appealing to members of political parties not to use the Force for political mileage. The appeal comes in the wake of protest action against ranks from the Berbice Division, which the organization said was organized by a political party.
The police did not name the political party, but it is widely believed that they were referring to the Alliance for Change, whose members had publicly pronounced on the police response to a robbery committed on businessman Latchman Pooran and his family at their Maida Farm, Corentyne home last Sunday.
The police in a statement said that it has observed that at least one political party has been lying on police ranks in various aspects of their operations.
According to the police, in relation to the Pooran robbery, members of the political party wrongfully claimed that the police took more than two and a half hours to respond to the report and then mobilised persons to picket the Whim Police Station and demanded that ranks be transferred from the station immediately.
But the police are claiming that the information on the slothful response was a fabrication aimed at achieving political mileage.
“To the contrary, the victim himself has indicated to reporters of the Kaieteur News that the police took less than half an hour to arrive on the scene and has publicly praised the work of the police whom he said worked under stressful and strenuous circumstances,” the police said in its statement, adding that it added that it is making great efforts to improve the quality of service it provides and to gain public trust.
However, the police maintained that it is incidents like these that cause persons to question whether some organisations in the society would like to see a secure Guyana or not.
Businessman Latchman ‘Anil’ Pooran was robbed of approximately $4M in cash and jewellery by six heavily-armed and masked bandits.
Pooran, who injured himself when he jumped some 10 feet to the ground from his verandah, before scaling a seven-foot fence to escape from the thieves, was subsequently admitted as a patient at the Anamayah Memorial Hospital.
He was discharged on Monday and immediately moved to dispel rumours that the cops took a long time to respond. He said that the cops responded in less than half an hour to the crime scene and he praised the work of the police whom he said worked under stressful and strenuous circumstances.
Commander of Police ‘B’ Division, Assistant Commissioner Brian Joseph, said that after initial investigations, his ranks who were patrolling some distance away responded in a timely manner.
Around 02:45 hrs on Sunday, the ranks were in the rough terrain at Topo Backdam, more than 12 miles away, when they received the call.
According to information, the first call was made around 02:45hrs. Contact was made with the victims at the scene around 03:09 hrs. The ranks were informed to be cautious, since the men were heavily-armed and were shooting indiscriminately.
Upon arrival, the ranks parked their vehicles and proceeded with caution on foot. They took up strategic positions, but no one was seen. After some time, they made contact with the victims. The ranks after gathering information, went after the bandits, but were unsuccessful.
The aftermath of the robbery had also drawn a mini protest on Monday in front of the Whim Police Station. This the police attributed to the protesters being misinformed.
“The Guyana Police Force also wishes to advise of its mature stance whenever it is being criticised. Constructive criticisms are taken in good faith and necessary adjustments are being made to improve our services,” the police said. But the force said that it will not lie down and allow organizations to tarnish its image by peddling falsehoods.
“It would however be remiss of us if we do not seek to clarify misleading information being peddled with the intent of achieving some ulterior objectives,” the police added.
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