The Opposition People’s Progressive Party has condemned a move by the new David Granger administration to transfer a number of Presidential Guards who served under former Presidents Ramotar and Jagdeo and have them replaced by other police officers who are now members of the Presidential Guard unit.
In a Saturday statement, the PPP condemned what it called “the demotion and transfer, as well as, the reduction of remuneration of most of the Presidential Guards”.
The PPP had raised this same issue just after the elections. President David Granger just after taking office, quickly replaced the head of the Presidential Guard service and a new presidential security team was put in place.
The Presidential guards who have been transferred back to regular duty in the Police Force are some of those who served for several years directly as close men and drivers to the former President, Donald Ramotar. Some of them have been transferred to the Tactical Services Unit and other departments of the Guyana Police Force.
A number of police officers from various units across the country were then transferred to the Presidential Guard Service and have been undergoing training.
News Source understands that during a meeting between the new Head of the Presidential Guard Service and the president’s security detail, he explained to them that he expected professionalism at all levels.
Under the PPP government, a number of presidential guards would work security jobs at various businesses once they are off duty.
The new Head of the Presidential Guard has reportedly warned those under his command that they need to decide whether they are working for the Presidential Guard or for private businesses. They were told that they cannot be working for both and the unit will not tolerate any such move.
A senior police official explained to News Source recently that it is customary when a new President takes office for there to be a shake up of the Presidential Guard team.