…as Persaud delivers final address at annual Police ConferenceThe practice of transferring and demoting rogue elements will not bring an end to the scourge of corruption within the Guyana Police Force. This is the position of President David Granger, who delivered a stern warning to rouge elements, saying there is no place for lawlessness in the Force.Delivering the feature address at the opening of the Annual Police Officers’ Conference on Thursday, Granger noted that corruption within the law enforcement agency cannot be cured by ignoring it. He pointed out the case of the former head of the Special Weapons and Tactical (SWAT) Unit, Deputy Superintendent Mootie Dookie, who is being investigated for alcohol smugglingCommander-in-Chief President David Granger being accorded the Presidential Salute upon his arrival at the Officers’ Mess at Eve Leary for the Annual Police Conferenceand has since been “temporarily transferred” to the Force’s Strategic Unit.“Dookie’s law teaches that if corruption is concealed, it will continue. Transferring a corrupt officer from one branch to another, or posting him from one Division to another, or promoting him, or demoting him from one rank to another, cannot guarantee he will change his wicked ways,” the President said.He went on to say that senior officers turning a blind eye to corruption put the lives of not only honest Police ranks on the line but that of the public as well.According to the Head of State, a Force contaminated by corruption cannot ensure the security of citizens. Instead, he noted that the service provided must be based on values in commitment, competence and incorruptibility.To this end, President Granger posited that the Security Sector Reform, which his Administration is committed to and working on implementing, will seek to tackle this issue that is plaguing the country’s premier law enforcement agency.“I am on the side of the Police Force, I’m very confident in the Police Force (and) that is why I went through all the trouble to initiate reforms. So that the Police Force would have an easier time in combating crime, which is what I was tough on – crime,” he told reporters on the sidelines when asked about the toughness of his speech.He pointed out that Police reform is not a political gimmick but will further strengthen the Force’s ability and capability to tackle crime. He further noted that the reforms will also incorporate the lessons gathered from the planned inquiries into past mass killings during the troubled periods, starting with the Lindo Creek massacre.“Inquiries which will eventually be commissioned are intended to improve the Force’s administration and operations, they are not intended to demoralise or destabilise the Force… The authorities at that time, instead of trying to cure the cause, were more concerned about concealing the symptoms. The Force cannot change if old attitudes persist,” he asserted.Security Sector ReformAnother area President Granger added that the Security Sector Reform will also seek to strengthen is the strained relations between the Force and the public, something which he emphasised is important to crime fighting.“It is apparent that the trust between the public and the Police was damaged, more during the ‘troubles’ than any other time… Efforts must be made to rebuild public trust (and) the Security Sector Reform will strength partnerships between the Force and communities. Citizens should not consider themselves to be passive onlookers or bystanders to crime fighting,” he posited.Also highlighting the importance of public trust was Commissioner of Police Seelall Persaud, who delivered his last address to the Annual Officers’ Conference, which is being held under the theme: “Forging ahead with effective policing through strategic human resources and operational management, partnership and professionalism.”He stated that despite challenges, the Force was resilient in its crime fighting strategy. He reflected on statistics of recent years which represents an overall comparative reduction in criminal activities.“People measure the utility will be gain from justice against the time that they will have to spend in order to achieve that justice and which one weighs out will determine, whether they will report or not. Public trust is a major issue; if people don’t believe that their matter will be treated with professionally and there would be a justified outcome, then they will not be motivated to report it,” says Persaud.He went on to talk about other challenges that are on the agenda of the three-day conference, which wraps up on Saturday, such as the review of Police prosecution operations.“We have found over the years, a number of negative issues associated with those operations. So it is anticipated that there will be intense discussions regarding the development of command systems for commanders in order to achieve the control function of management. Controlling the rates of unprofessional behaviour, reducing response time, reducing investigation and prosecution backlog, will be major objectives,” the Top Cop stated.The outgoing Commissioner is set to retire in April after 30 plus years of service in the Force.
0Shares0000Real Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois and defender Marcelo could not stop Eibar© AFP ANDER GILLENEAEIBAR, Spain, Nov 25 – Santiago Solari proved the perfect caretaker but his debut as permanent coach of Real Madrid on Saturday ended in a disastrous 3-0 defeat at Eibar. Four wins while in temporary charge earned Solari a contract until 2021 over the international break, only for Real to revert to the kind of chaotic display that cost his predecessor, Julen Lopetegui, his job. The defeat also brought into focus the mindset of Madrid’s players, after their captain Sergio Ramos faced allegations of an anti-doping violation on Friday night from German magazine Der Spiegel. The club denied any breach.Eibar were stronger, more aggressive and, worryingly for Solari, appeared clearer about the plan they wanted to carry out. Marc Cucurella, brilliant down the left, teed up all three goals, scored by Gonzalo Escalante, Sergi Enrich and Kike Garcia.Real’s loss halts their revival under Solari and cost them a golden opportunity to make up ground on Barcelona and Atletico Madrid, before the pair face each other at the Wanda Metropolitano later on Saturday.Eibar shoot up to seventh, a reward for their first ever victory over Real Madrid at the 11th attempt.Ramos was not noticeably below par at Ipurua, but perhaps allegations that he failed to list the correct medication after the Champions League final in 2017, proved enough of a distraction for his teammates.Solari, meanwhile, must now reset his team ahead of Tuesday’s Champions League game against Roma, which is likely to decide the winner of Group G.Real started well enough and Gareth Bale looked in the mood when he swivelled and sent a stunning shot into the top corner from 25 yards, only to be ruled offside.Karim Benzema went close, his finish cleared off the line by Jose Cote, but after surviving the early pressure, Eibar grew in confidence.Kike made the woodwork shake with a drive from 25 yards, with replays showing the dipping shot had been diverted by an excellent finger-tip save from Thibaut Courtois.Madrid’s goalkeeper came to their rescue again in the 16th minute, denying Enrich from Cucurella’s cross, but this time Escalante was on hand to bundle in the rebound ahead of the stumbling Dani Ceballos.Referee Juan Martinez consulted the video assistant referee but the delay only earned a repeat of home fans’ cheers.Bale’s free-kick was pushed wide and then he was booked for dissent as Madrid looked to be running out of ideas. Solari gave his first half-time team talk with his team behind, but their situation deteriorated in the second half.Toni Kroos’ misjudged and misdirected crossfield pass exposed the unfortunate recipient Alvaro Odriozola. Cucurella pounced, pushing Odriozola off the ball and delivering for Enrich to score.Odriozola was forced off injuredFive minutes later it was three, this time Raphael Varane was at fault, allowing Kike to nip in and convert another whipped Cucurella cross.Madrid had more than half an hour to respond but it was Eibar who looked more likely. Fabian Orellana nutmegged Ceballos and drew a smart save from Courtois, before Charles Dias flicked an audacious volley, again blocked by the Belgian. By the end, Madrid were thankful it was only three.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)