Man claims CANU ranks tied him to post, beat him unconscious
July 30, 2011 | By KNews | Filed Under News

…father collapses and dies on hearing news


  • Head of the Customs Anti Narcotics Unit, James Singh, has denied allegations that his ranks inflicted a severe beating on a Vreed-en-Hoop, West Coast Demerara resident, on Tuesday causing him to be hospitalized.
    Seshnarayan Dwarka is alleging that he was taken from his home around 05:00hrs by CANU ranks on Monday after they conducted a search and came up empty handed.

  • Seshnarayan Dwarka displays injuries on arms and belly

  • Yesterday, Dwarka recounted a story of being pulled from his home, with a black bag placed over his head and about 15 ranks beating him about the body.

  • He also showed Kaieteur News photographs of his bruised and distended stomach.
    Kaieteur News was told by Dwarka that after he was taken from his home, he was handcuffed and taken into a tinted motorcar.

  • He was then taken to CANU headquarters on Homestretch Avenue for further questioning.
    The man said that the officers started questioning him about some β€œmissing drugs and a Blackberry cell phone”.

  • β€œThey asking me to tell them where the drugs and cell phone deh…I say I ain’t know nothing…I does walk and sell,” Dwarka told Kaieteur News yesterday.

  • He said the ranks became more hostile towards him and started using threats in an effort to get him to talk about the β€œmissing items”.

  • Dwarka said that he was placed in a room with about 15 ranks who started beating him about the body to make him talk.

  • A black bag was then placed over his head and Dwarka alleges that the ranks stared stomping him in the abdomen.

  • The man said that during the beating he maintained that he knew nothing about the drugs or the missing cell phone.

  • Later that same day, Dwarka said that his wife, Kavita, went to CANU headquarters to query why he was arrested and was being detained even though the police found nothing in the home.

  • According to the wife, the ranks told her that he was being questioned about β€œmissing cocaine and a Blackberry cell phone” and that she shouldn’t worry about anything.
    Her request to see her husband was granted, and according to her his entire face, hands and abdomen appeared to be swollen and discoloured.
    The woman was eventually sent away. β€œThey asked her not to contact any lawyer since they were going to release me after more questioning,” Dwarka said.

  • Seconds after his wife left, Dwarka said that the ranks tied him to a post and started beating him again.

  • This time he said that the beating was so severe that he was rendered unconscious. He was revived after the ranks threw a bucket of water on him.

  • After this, Dwarka alleges that the ranks placed him in a vehicle and took him to the Le Repentir Cemetery, where the beating continued.
    They allegedly spent about 30 minutes in the burial ground, before they went back to CANU headquarters.

  • β€œAll de time in de burial ground they deh beating…then they turn and say they gun pay me to tell them is where de things deh,” Dwarka explained.

  • Dwarka was eventually released on Tuesday after his father died. According to Dwarka, his father suffered from hypertension and collapsed after hearing about the incident.

  • The man said that the CANU ranks told him to return. Instead, he sought the services of prominent defence attorney lawyer, Nigel Hughes.
    The attorney told Kaieteur News yesterday that he will be filing criminal and civil charges against CANU come next week.

  • Meanwhile, head of CANU, James Singh yesterday denied any wrongdoing on his agency’s part.

  • According to Singh, Dwarka came into the office for questioning into the missing items.
    He said that the man admitted that he took the items and gave a statement to this effect. Singh said that Dwarka left the office without any marks on his body and expressed puzzlement at the man’s allegations.

  • Investigations into the matter are continuing.
When I saw this report today, I couldn't help but reflect back to the similar cases like the two young Buxtonians who were tortured just over two years ago, and the young lad from Linden who was flogged by security personnel. In both cases, those matters were made public and brushed aside. Is it any wonder that we should have subsequently observed the shooting death of a fourth form high school lad from the West Bank Demerara and the torture of a fourteen year old shortly after that? This is just the latest in a long string of episodes, but now as we can observe - not limited in the treatment of only particular ethnicities. Which is the very thing those who spoke out before warned against, for it was only a matter of time that all, regardless of ethnicity will be thusly dealt with.
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Originally posted by squingy:
When I saw this report today, I couldn't help but reflect back to the similar cases like the two young Buxtonians who were tortured just over two years ago, and the young lad from Linden who was flogged by security personnel. In both cases, those matters were made public and brushed aside. Is it any wonder that we should have subsequently observed the shooting death of a fourth form high school lad from the West Bank Demerara and the torture of a fourteen year old shortly after that? This is just the latest in a long string of episodes, but now as we can observe - not limited in the treatment of only particular ethnicities. Which is the very thing those who spoke out before warned against, for it was only a matter of time that all, regardless of ethnicity will be thusly dealt with.


The monster created does not care about ethnicity its only a matter of time until it devour its creator....
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Originally posted by sachin_05:
quote:
Originally posted by squingy:
When I saw this report today, I couldn't help but reflect back to the similar cases like the two young Buxtonians who were tortured just over two years ago, and the young lad from Linden who was flogged by security personnel. In both cases, those matters were made public and brushed aside. Is it any wonder that we should have subsequently observed the shooting death of a fourth form high school lad from the West Bank Demerara and the torture of a fourteen year old shortly after that? This is just the latest in a long string of episodes, but now as we can observe - not limited in the treatment of only particular ethnicities. Which is the very thing those who spoke out before warned against, for it was only a matter of time that all, regardless of ethnicity will be thusly dealt with.


The monster created does not care about ethnicity its only a matter of time until it devour its creator....
Indeed sachin and squingy. Prak (Ramjattan) was crucified when he would speak out; the PPP kept saying he was defending criminals. Well at some point the chickens do come home to roost...
No.8 Village man alleges beating by police
By STABROEK STAFF | LOCAL | MONDAY, AUGUST 1, 2011

A 54-year-old resident of No. 8 Village, West Coast Berbice said he was beaten by the police around 11 pm on Friday and locked up for two days even though he did not commit any offence. Gregory Reynolds, a rice farmer/taxi driver who was asked to return to the station this morning told Stabroek News that he intends to take the matter to the Police Complaints Authority tomorrow. Police commanders have not been speaking to the media so it was not possible to get a comment from the police on Reynolds’ allegations yesterday.


Gregory Reynolds

He visited the doctor upon his release yesterday morning and was in severe pain about his body. He said the police kicked and cuffed him and he is still baffled as to why he received such inhumane treatment. He recalled that around 6:30 pm β€œtwo police vehicles and a private car went into the village looking for somebody they said assaulted a woman.” At the same time he was standing at the bus shed with four other persons awaiting transportation to go out. He said a policeman β€œasked me if I know β€˜London’ and I said no. The officer then told him to β€œmove from here [off the road]…” but he remained. He was shocked when a vehicle with seven police officers showed up at his house and woke him up. He asked what they wanted and they said they wanted to β€œtalk to me.”

Reynolds said β€œas soon as I go in the yard they kicked down the gate and started to beat me. I raise up my hands and said man wah y’all beating me for and one said β€˜you ain’t looking after wah we beating you fuh…’” According to him, they then grabbed him and threw him in the pick-up and kicked him and lashed him with the gun-butt. The police then took him to the station and one of them – [a young officer] β€œchucked me and I said β€˜look brother, this is enough. I would like to see the person in charge and he said he is the [expletive] man in charge of the station.” He pointed out that β€œI would like the people in authority and the public to know what these police are doing. Up to now I don’t know why they treated me like that.”

Source
Customer claims police also beat him at White Castle
AUGUST 9, 2011 | BY KNEWS | FILED UNDER NEWS

A customer of the White Castle Fish Shop is claiming that police ranks also assaulted him Friday night at the popular hangout spot on Hadfield Street. The customer, who gave his name as Justin Cozier, said that he was assaulted along with proprietor, Jermaine Langevine and his staff. Ranks from the Guyana Police Force Tactical Services Unit (TSU) are accused of assaulting the entrepreneur and two of his staff, Delon Williams and Pearl Haynes last Friday night after Langevine questioned the untimely closure of his business place by the lawmen.


Justin Cozier

Cozier told Kaieteur News yesterday that Langevine was β€œliming” with him before the police came, and after they dragged Langevine to the back of the pick-up, he merely enquired about the reason for the treatment of the businessman and was gun-butted about three times. β€œI was going to the (police) van to ask about Jermaine and one of the police man tell me to shut me mouth and hit me wid he gun in me face. He hold me foot and throw me in de van with Jermaine and Delon (Williams). He fired shots,” Cozier recounted yesterday.

The ranks had swooped down at the location at around 10:30pm and ordered the businessman to stop activities at the establishment for the night. Eyewitnesses stated that Langevine told them he had a different order from the Commander of β€˜A’ Division. Nevertheless, Langevine ordered the DJ to turn off the music and called the Commander, George Vyphuis, from his mobile phone. The ranks reacted; immediately they grabbed Langevine’s dreadlocks, took away his phone and dragged him around inside the building. β€œI don’t care who is Vyphuis, shut down this f%$#@& place now,” one of the ranks said.

The Commander had given the night spot up to 1am Saturday morning to provide entertainment on their busiest day, which is on Fridays. After the ranks grabbed Langevine, one of the waitresses, Pearl Haynes questioned their behaviour and the result was a gun butt to her head and another one to her mouth. The police hauled Langevine by his hair to the back of their pickup truck. One of the businessman’s assistants, Delon Williams, asked the reason for the mistreatment of his boss and received a lash to his face with a rifle. He was then thrown in the back of the pickup. All the men, including Cozier, spent the night in the police lockups.

Cozier said that he wants to see justice served because until now, he is still at a loss to figure out the reason behind his treatment, which he called β€œabuse”. He said that they were not charged and the police have engaged them for statements on the matter. When contacted yesterday, Langevine said that the matter is now in the hands of the law. He said that he met with senior officials at the Criminal Investigation Department and they have given all assurance that the matter will be thoroughly investigated. He stated that he will provide evidence that was captured on his security cameras around the premises.

Source
Man alleges police brutality
By STABROEK STAFF | LOCAL | SATURDAY, AUGUST 13, 2011

A man last evening sustained injuries to his face after he was allegedly beaten by police officers, following a fall out over loud music that he was playing. Kwame Caldeira, 32, said that he was hit repeatedly to his face by the police and suffered a badly swollen lip as a result.

Speaking to this newspaper last evening, Caldeira, a close relative to African Cultural Development Association (ACDA) executive Violet Jean-Baptiste, said he was hanging with friends at the corners of Sixth and Albert streets, with music playing from his vehicle, when he saw a police vehicle approaching. He said that he immediately turned the music down even before it reached his car.

However, he added that the police later emerged from their carβ€”there were four police officers in the vehicleβ€”and an argument later ensued. He said that at one point some of the officers insisted that he go to the station and he questioned why. β€œOne of dem say leh we go to the sation,” and β€œI say β€˜I ain’ going nowhere,” he recounted. He said that an officer held on to him and he chucked him, after which an officer removed his gun and struck him to his lip.

Caldeira said that back up was summoned and he was escorted to the Alberttown Police Station. At the police station, Caldeira alleged that he was punched by two plain clothes officers. One of Caldeira’s friends said that he and his friends followed the police to the station but were not allowed in. He said that he saw when his friend was hit by the police officers in the station. Caldeira had both his hands and feet handcuffed while he was in the station.

Caldeira said he was released without any charge and without bail. β€œThey let me out of the station with no bail or charges. The instruction was to β€œgo to the hospital, have a medical done and come back on Monday.” Caldeira believed that the conduct by the police was unprofessional and uncalled for, saying that the police had no case to ask him to go to the station or to use force.

Source
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Originally posted by Nehru:
This reminds me of some Criminals in America. They will find a priest or politician to praise them and say what a wonderful person they are and their parents will swear that their children are Angels. It happens all the time. In fact, everyone is Mahatma Ghandi. partybanana partybanana
Where is this related to people being abused by rogue cops?
18 year old to file law suit against Attorney General, Police
AUGUST 15, 2011 | BY KNEWS | FILED UNDER NEWS

An 18 year old who was locked up at the Central police station by ranks of the Joint Services for over 18 hrs without being given food, water or even allowed a phone call is set to seek redress through the High Court. Prominent Attorney at law Mursaline Bacchus has dispatched a notice to the Attorney General that he intends to file a constitutional motion seeking remedy in the high court of Guyana for his client Rawle Carter who was wrongfully arrested and imprisoned by members of the Joint services.

In the notice addressed to the Attorney General of Guyana At 95 Carmichael Street North Cummingsburg Georgetown, the Attorney General has approximately one month upon receipt of the said notice to respond or settle the matter, failing which the attorney will move to the Supreme Court of Judicature of Guyana for damages for trespass to the person, it further stated that for that on the 19th day of June 2011 a member of the Guyana Police Force unlawfully arrested his client at Cumberland East Canje Berbice and imprisoned him at Central Police station lock-up until the 20th of June.

The young man who has never been involved in a police story and some others were picked up by a joint services patrol on the evening of Sunday 19th whilst on his way home on his bicycle before being dumped into a police pickup and thrown into the lock ups. He was never told why he was arrested until they were at the station, where they were told they were arrested for rape allegations. His request for a phone call was met with a series of expletives. He was booked and placed in the lock ups with the others. They were subsequently taken out and told to take off their clothes, where they were checked for marks, and or tattoos before being thrown back into the lock ups.

Sometime around Midday on Monday they were again taken out of the lock up and questioned. They were never read their rights (about having a lawyer, their parents or the right to remain silent). After the statement they were again placed into the lockups. All the time they were not given any food, water or allowed a phone call. His relatives had no clue where he was. Around twilight on Monday they were escorted out of the lock ups again where they were questioned once more, after which they were told to go home and return on Wednesday.

At the station on Wednesday, accompanied by his mother, they met a senior officer .They were told that the matter was finished and the officer apologized on behalf of the Guyana police force for the tardiness of the ranks on duty and for not being allowed a phone call.

Source
Police forced my son to fetch a truck load of sand-mother alleges
AUGUST 21, 2011 | BY KNEWS | FILED UNDER NEWS

Bibi Fazeela Rayman of Anna Catherina, West Coast Demerara is calling on Commissioner of Police Henry Greene and the Home Minister Affairs Clement Rohee to investigate some policemen who took advantage of her 15-year-old son. The mother of two said that her son Balkaram Teekram was sent to collect something on Friday last from a friend in the village and while on his way he was stopped by a jeep load of β€œblack clothes” policemen who told him to jump into the vehicle.


Bibi Fazeela Rayman

The woman said that residents who saw the incident informed her that her son willingly complied with the police’s orders. She subsequently visited the Leonora Police Station where she explained what was told to her and after making enquiries about her son, she was told that he was at the La Grange Police Station. But after checking there and not finding her son, the woman made an official complaint and subsequently met with the Divisional Commander who ordered that the youth be brought to the Leonora Police Station after learning that he was in police custody. The lad was later released into the custody of his parents.

Yesterday the 15-year-old Balkaram Teekram told this newspaper that policemen in black clothing with large guns had stopped him on Friday, while he was walking on the road and told him to jump into their vehicle. The youth explained that he was taken into Canal Number Two, West Bank Demerara where he was made to fetch sand into a yard for an hour. After the involuntary ordeal, the lad was taken to the Leonora Police Station where he was handed over to his parents. β€œThe police gave me a $1,000 before they bring me back.”

The woman is alleging that what had happened can be considered kidnapping since her son was made to go somewhere involuntary without even contacting any relative to tell them of his whereabouts. β€œI am going to the Ministry of Human Services and ask them if people children are just treated so cruelly,” She said.

Source
This is my recommendation to a new government (Preferably an AFC lead GOG, of course!) of Guyana:

1. Enact legislation to specifically change the legal and procedural authority of the Police Service Commission so that it is not an impediment to needed changes in the operations of the police component within the general security sector. Also establish in law the independence of the operational authority of the police, but still being accountable to the political directorate through parliament.

2. Enact legislation to sunset the existing police force within eighteen months, thus providing for a total disbanding of the existing force.

3. Meanwhile, create a parallel police department to fill the space created by the intentional disbanding of the old police force with the assistance of key funding from ABC countries, and with specific assistance from entities such as RCMP, Scotland Yard and the FBI, install key personnel to head a new Police Department with the objective of training locals to assume leadership positions within four years in the new police department.

4. Invite applications for recruitment into the new police department, based on recruitment criteria as now successfully employed in the ABC countries, but also reviewing similar practices especially in Jamaica, Trinidad & Tobago, Antigua and Barbados.

5. Invest in a programme of public awareness to the citizens of Guyana, informing them of their rights and responsibilities in general as regarding policing and a well functioning security sector.
How the hell could the police abduct and put to slave labor a kid and this does not raise the ire of the administration? This is the worse thing that can be happening; law enforcement enslaving kids and no one takes notice. The PPP is courting what is happening in Libya with its casual indifference to these atrocious behavior by law enforcers.
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Originally posted by Gerhard Ramsaroop:
Police forced my son to fetch a truck load of sand-mother alleges
AUGUST 21, 2011 | BY KNEWS | FILED UNDER NEWS

Bibi Fazeela Rayman of Anna Catherina, West Coast Demerara is calling on Commissioner of Police Henry Greene and the Home Minister Affairs Clement Rohee to investigate some policemen who took advantage of her 15-year-old son. The mother of two said that her son Balkaram Teekram was sent to collect something on Friday last from a friend in the village and while on his way he was stopped by a jeep load of β€œblack clothes” policemen who told him to jump into the vehicle.


Bibi Fazeela Rayman

The woman said that residents who saw the incident informed her that her son willingly complied with the police’s orders. She subsequently visited the Leonora Police Station where she explained what was told to her and after making enquiries about her son, she was told that he was at the La Grange Police Station. But after checking there and not finding her son, the woman made an official complaint and subsequently met with the Divisional Commander who ordered that the youth be brought to the Leonora Police Station after learning that he was in police custody. The lad was later released into the custody of his parents.

Yesterday the 15-year-old Balkaram Teekram told this newspaper that policemen in black clothing with large guns had stopped him on Friday, while he was walking on the road and told him to jump into their vehicle. The youth explained that he was taken into Canal Number Two, West Bank Demerara where he was made to fetch sand into a yard for an hour. After the involuntary ordeal, the lad was taken to the Leonora Police Station where he was handed over to his parents. β€œThe police gave me a $1,000 before they bring me back.”

The woman is alleging that what had happened can be considered kidnapping since her son was made to go somewhere involuntary without even contacting any relative to tell them of his whereabouts. β€œI am going to the Ministry of Human Services and ask them if people children are just treated so cruelly,” She said.

Source
Boy Gerhard, this one beat them all, catch the child and force him to work for them
quote:
The woman is alleging that what had happened can be considered kidnapping since her son was made to go somewhere involuntary without even contacting any relative to tell them of his whereabouts. β€œI am going to the Ministry of Human Services and ask them if people children are just treated so cruelly,” She said.



I would like to hear Priya Manickchand's take on this one. Or is it gonna be brushed under the rugs?
quote:
Originally posted by squingy:
This is my recommendation to a new government (Preferably an AFC lead GOG, of course!) of Guyana:

1. Enact legislation to specifically change the legal and procedural authority of the Police Service Commission so that it is not an impediment to needed changes in the operations of the police component within the general security sector. Also establish in law the independence of the operational authority of the police, but still being accountable to the political directorate through parliament.

2. Enact legislation to sunset the existing police force within eighteen months, thus providing for a total disbanding of the existing force.

3. Meanwhile, create a parallel police department to fill the space created by the intentional disbanding of the old police force with the assistance of key funding from ABC countries, and with specific assistance from entities such as RCMP, Scotland Yard and the FBI, install key personnel to head a new Police Department with the objective of training locals to assume leadership positions within four years in the new police department.

4. Invite applications for recruitment into the new police department, based on recruitment criteria as now successfully employed in the ABC countries, but also reviewing similar practices especially in Jamaica, Trinidad & Tobago, Antigua and Barbados.

5. Invest in a programme of public awareness to the citizens of Guyana, informing them of their rights and responsibilities in general as regarding policing and a well functioning security sector.
Thank you squingy, I will pass this on. For points 2 and 3, have these been done anywhere else? Mind you, I am not saying it can't work, as I am no expert on security.
Soldier’s mother fears for his life - accuses army of torturing her son
AUGUST 23, 2011 | BY KNEWS | FILED UNDER NEWS
By Dale Andrews

The mother of a young soldier in the Guyana Defence Force has expressed concern for his safety following reports that he is being inhumanely treated while in custody at army headquarters, Camp Ayanganna. Avril Haley told Kaieteur News that she has received reports that her son, private Dane Newton, was stripped, beaten and made to lie on a wet concrete floor for more than a day as punishment for reportedly refusing to perform guard duties.

This newspaper contacted the Guyana Defence Force for a comment on the matter and an official there indicated that the army would not be commenting on the matter since it was not in receipt of a formal complaint. Haley had contacted this newspaper over the past weekend and indicated that she was reliably informed of the treatment meted out to her son. The information, she said, was obtained from an officer at Camp Ayanganna who was upset by what he saw. The officer reportedly took photographs of the naked private with a sheet wrapped around his body.

Haley said that she is not sure what led to her son’s present position, but she believes that it has to do with a strained relationship between him and his immediate superior. The woman told Kaieteur News that she learnt that her son had requested time off to visit her upon learning that she had injured her foot, but the request was denied. According to Haley, her son allegedly objected to guard duty and was arrested by the army’s military police. She said that her son was recently detained for 42 days after he reportedly threatened to shoot an officer apparently out of frustration of being constantly victimised. β€œI worked there and there were times when I had to go to higher authorities to represent him against false allegations,” said an obviously disturbed Avril Haley.

She believes that her son’s troubles stem right back to 2008 when his cousin, prison inmate Edwin Niles was caught in the Georgetown Prison with a few rounds of ammunition in his pocket, hours after leaving the army headquarters work for the day. He had claimed that he was unaware that the items were in a pair of pants that he had obtained from the location. Niles was beaten to death by prison authorities and members of the GDF intelligence arm. A post mortem confirmed that he suffered some amount of torture.

Haley said that during the investigation to determine how Niles got the ammunition, her son was arrested and locked up by army personnel after it was learnt that he was related to Niles. Haley said that she fears for her son’s life, especially since she is constantly reminded of the fate that was meted out to her nephew Edwin Niles. β€œIf he does not leave the system soon, he will end up dead and I can’t wait for that,” Haley told Kaieteur News. She said that Newton had applied on several occasions to leave the army, but his requests were denied. β€œEvery time he apply for SOS, it is not being granted. If he get a stripe today, the next couple months he getting lock up for something, and he lose he stripe. He ain’t making progress in there,” Haley stated.

This is not the first time that the army has been accused of action that points to some amount of torture and it certainly is not the first time the allegation has come from a member of the organization.

Source
quote:
Originally posted by Gerhard Ramsaroop:
quote:
Originally posted by squingy:
This is my recommendation to a new government (Preferably an AFC lead GOG, of course!) of Guyana:

1. Enact legislation to specifically change the legal and procedural authority of the Police Service Commission so that it is not an impediment to needed changes in the operations of the police component within the general security sector. Also establish in law the independence of the operational authority of the police, but still being accountable to the political directorate through parliament.

2. Enact legislation to sunset the existing police force within eighteen months, thus providing for a total disbanding of the existing force.

3. Meanwhile, create a parallel police department to fill the space created by the intentional disbanding of the old police force with the assistance of key funding from ABC countries, and with specific assistance from entities such as RCMP, Scotland Yard and the FBI, install key personnel to head a new Police Department with the objective of training locals to assume leadership positions within four years in the new police department.

4. Invite applications for recruitment into the new police department, based on recruitment criteria as now successfully employed in the ABC countries, but also reviewing similar practices especially in Jamaica, Trinidad & Tobago, Antigua and Barbados.

5. Invest in a programme of public awareness to the citizens of Guyana, informing them of their rights and responsibilities in general as regarding policing and a well functioning security sector.
Thank you squingy, I will pass this on. For points 2 and 3, have these been done anywhere else? Mind you, I am not saying it can't work, as I am no expert on security.


Thank you my brother. I am aware that during the early 1980's that both the cities of Lyons and Marseilles in France had a morale and discipline problem -(corruption and extra judicial police actions) in their PD's. After the thorough examination and appraisal, it was decided to employ a strategy such as I suggested in #'s .2 and .3 above. In fact, it's from that recollection of what I read about in those cities which prompted my recommendation. We are seeing that the taint of corruption, drug inter-linkages, extra judicial actions and police bullying has become the norm in our system. The question then is to ascertain as to how far this rot/cancer has set in and whether its better to start afresh with an entity which can be created in the mould of what we expect from a well compensted professional PD, as opposed to carrying on with tainted personnel as we currently observe is our possesion. I am certainly not saying that every member of the current police force is so tainted, but the opportunity to have them apply for recruitment into a new police department according to established criteria will provide an opportunity to separate the proverbial sheep from the goats.
quote:
Originally posted by squingy:
quote:
Originally posted by Gerhard Ramsaroop:
quote:
Originally posted by squingy:
This is my recommendation to a new government (Preferably an AFC lead GOG, of course!) of Guyana:

1. Enact legislation to specifically change the legal and procedural authority of the Police Service Commission so that it is not an impediment to needed changes in the operations of the police component within the general security sector. Also establish in law the independence of the operational authority of the police, but still being accountable to the political directorate through parliament.

2. Enact legislation to sunset the existing police force within eighteen months, thus providing for a total disbanding of the existing force.

3. Meanwhile, create a parallel police department to fill the space created by the intentional disbanding of the old police force with the assistance of key funding from ABC countries, and with specific assistance from entities such as RCMP, Scotland Yard and the FBI, install key personnel to head a new Police Department with the objective of training locals to assume leadership positions within four years in the new police department.

4. Invite applications for recruitment into the new police department, based on recruitment criteria as now successfully employed in the ABC countries, but also reviewing similar practices especially in Jamaica, Trinidad & Tobago, Antigua and Barbados.

5. Invest in a programme of public awareness to the citizens of Guyana, informing them of their rights and responsibilities in general as regarding policing and a well functioning security sector.
Thank you squingy, I will pass this on. For points 2 and 3, have these been done anywhere else? Mind you, I am not saying it can't work, as I am no expert on security.


Thank you my brother. I am aware that during the early 1980's that both the cities of Lyons and Marseilles in France had a morale and discipline problem -(corruption and extra judicial police actions) in their PD's. After the thorough examination and appraisal, it was decided to employ a strategy such as I suggested in #'s .2 and .3 above. In fact, it's from that recollection of what I read about in those cities which prompted my recommendation. We are seeing that the taint of corruption, drug inter-linkages, extra judicial actions and police bullying has become the norm in our system. The question then is to ascertain as to how far this rot/cancer has set in and whether its better to start afresh with an entity which can be created in the mould of what we expect from a well compensted professional PD, as opposed to carrying on with tainted personnel as we currently observe is our possesion. I am certainly not saying that every member of the current police force is so tainted, but the opportunity to have them apply for recruitment into a new police department according to established criteria will provide an opportunity to separate the proverbial sheep from the goats.
Excellent, thanks again squingy wavey
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