The Guyana Police Force is taking a zero tolerance policy against those Police officers who find themselves in vehicular accidents with the Force’s vehicles in situations that could have been avoided.
Acting Police Commissioner David Ramnarine today told a Police Awards Ceremony that those Police ranks who damage the Force’s vehicles will have to pay for those damages.
He reported that over the past two years, 41 Police ranks were involved in vehicular accidents while driving the Force’s vehicles. This cannot continue, he made clear.
“We have taken an oath, we wear the uniform, we have higher training and therefore we must conduct ourselves a lot better.”
The Acting Top Cop said in the first six months of this year, eighteen ranks were involved in road accidents that were caused by them and as a result they will have to pay.
The damages to the Force’s vehicles totaled more $2.3 Million. The Police Commissioner said the ranks responsible have been made to cover the costs for repairs.
“Some ten ranks have already completed payments and the others have been given more time to pay. That is the position that we have to enforce.” He said the Force has been preaching against recklessness and speeding. He said speeding by Police ranks should only take place in emergency situations and when they might be under attack.
He said there have been cases when Police ranks would go chasing behind suspects for minor offences and at the end of the chase, the suspects have fled but the Force’s vehicle would have been badly damaged. He urged the ranks to use common sense.
At the award ceremony, several members of the Force and Community Policing groups were awarded for their outstanding work in several fields over the years.