Mar 01, 2016 News
– “The public is your master and no servant in any part of this world can be greater than the master”
By Romila Boodram
The Guyana Police Force has boosted its strength by an additional 295 ranks. This will help the police play their part in securing the nation during the upcoming Local Government Election slated for March 18, next.
After six months of rigorous training and discipline, the recruits from nine courses were welcomed into the Guyana Police Force (GPF) with the mandate to uphold the organization’s motto of “Service and Protection.”
The recruits, who are now Constables, were drawn from Courses 331, 332, 333, 334, 335, 336, 337, 9 ‘G’ and 31 ‘B’.
They started training last August under the theme “Training to build and strengthen the competencies of ranks, through partnerships and monitoring of performances.”
Not only did the recruits graduate in time for the Local Government Election, but they will also use the skills and knowledge gained during training to secure the nation during its 50th Independence Anniversary and the Caricom Heads of Government meeting in July.
During the ceremonial parade, Assistant Commissioner David Ramnarine congratulated the recruits for reaching the first rung of a very important career in the Guyana Police Force.
“You are entering a very noble and glorious profession. Don’t let anyone tell you anything different unless you conduct yourself in such a matter that causes him or her to tell you so,” Ramnarine advised.
He told the ranks that the profession that they have chosen is one in which there is service with pride and dignity.
“The salary might be small but there is joy in serving and serving well. If you serve well then that is bigger than the small salary that you will receive because that is invaluable because you will be serving humanity which is the highest calling in this world,” the Assistant Commissioner told the recruits.
He urged them to learn and live within their salaries, to be patient and humble and strive to set a good example.
“You are servants of the public, you took the oath to serve; the public is your master and no servant in any part of this world can be greater than the master.”
According to the Assistant Commissioner, “All of us together in uniform, we are in a unique position as we often times are called upon to regulate control and mediate the action of our master, and you must do this with fairness and a transparent manner.”
He told the recruits to not only respect the rights of the victim but also that of the suspects.
The Force’s training officer, Assistant Commissioner, Paul Williams, said that yesterday’s event was a historic one since it was the first time such a large batch of recruits graduated.
“To be a policeman or woman is a special call by the creator. These 295 recruits, upon their journey of seeking employment, had the courage to engage us and to overcome the rigorous training and strict discipline,” Williams said.
According to the Training Officer, during training, the ranks were exposed to the elementary and essential things that they needed to know at this level.
He urged them to be polite, flexible, friendly and at the same time to be firm in the discharge of their duties.
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