– “Do not to break the law to serve the law”- Asst Comm. Balram Persaud
The Guyana Police Force has boosted its strength by an additional 113 ranks as it prepares to play its part in securing the nation during the upcoming General and Regional Elections which are slated for next month.
After six months of rigorous training and discipline, the recruits from five courses were welcomed into the fold of the Guyana Police Force with the mandate to uphold the organisation’s motto of “Service and Protection”.
The recruits, who are now Constables, were drawn from Courses 320, 321, Tactical Services Unit (TSU), 30B and the Junior Accelerated Course, and commenced training at various points from August last year, under the theme “Training in partnership with valuable stakeholders to enhance the performance of our services”.
The new ranks, who will be thrust into actual police work at a time when the Force will face one of its sternest tests, were charged by Assistant Commissioner of Police (Administration) Balram Persaud to execute their powers impartially.
Persaud, who delivered the feature address at the event, which took place at the TSU Drill Square and was attended by relatives of the graduands, paid tribute to the personnel who had the task of moulding the recruits from ordinary members of society to persons who have the arduous duty of maintaining law and order.
He noted that the ranks joined the organization as the basic “raw material” and the force undertook the work of ensuring that “the rough stone that came in was cut and polished, so that the product that we are sending out is a gem stone of unmatched quality.
He stressed that teamwork is absolutely necessary for success in an organization like the Guyana Police Force and urged that the ranks “watch each other’s backs.”
“If we see our brothers falling, we must be ready to keep them up. It’s the hallmark of teamwork that we look out for each other and that we are our brother’s keeper,” Persaud said.
The Assistant Commissioner told the graduands that they are now vested with certain powers which are to be administered impartially and reminded them that the powers that their uniform carries should not be abused, since even policeman is bound to act within the law.
“You cannot expect to break the law in order to serve the law. Every single act you do must be lawful, and every action you take you will be held accountable for,” Persaud stated.
The Force’s training officer Senior Superintendent Paul Williams assured those who had gathered at the TSU Drill Square that despite the public perception, the screening process of the organization is designed to ensure that the right persons are chosen from among those who applied to become lawmen and women.
He was bold enough to add that the training provided by the organization is adequate enough to ensure that the custodians of the law could properly carry out their mandate.
“I want to say yes, through the selection process we’re bringing the right people on board, and even if it is known sometime during the training or thereafter and people recognize that the right people are not on board and there is evidence to substantiate that there is a departure from the organization, we will work with that evidence and do the necessary,” Williams assured.
He called on the parents and other relatives to commit to assisting the Police Force in ensuring that the new ranks adhere strictly to the motto of the organization.
“We have moulded and shaped your children to give service and protection and you are the ones who will have to help to sustain them in that regard…because there are numerous temptations out there and you need to still work with them so that they are able to sustain that uniform that they wear,” Williams emphasised.
The passing out parade of the newly appointed Constables occurred at a time when the Guyana Police Force is desperately trying to restore some amount of public trust, which has been shattered over the past few years.
As such the emphasis of their training had a lot to do with the police relationship with the public and the vexing issue of the use of force among other topics.
The new ranks, through Constable 22638 Hartman, gave an undertaking to restore the Force’s good image.
“We must make a change. We must be different,” Hartman said.
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